Strong gusty winds cause havoc in Venice

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Strong gusty winds blew across the Venice and the rest of the Southland today, setting the stage for what the National Weather Service calls the “first significant Santa Ana wind event” of the season beginning this evening — a development that raises the danger of wildfire and could make driving difficult.

Forecasters said gusty winds would make driving difficult, especially for drivers in high-profile vehicles on Interstate 5, the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, Interstate 405 (the San Diego Freeway), and highways 23, 101 and 118.

“The potentially strong winds Thursday night into Friday morning may down trees and power lines and cause property damage,” a statement said. “When driving, use extra caution. Be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.”

Below are pictures of the wind aftermath.

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