The National Weather Service announced Wednesday night that "gusty and potentially damaging Santa Ana winds" are expected to hit Los Angeles and Ventura counties Thursday morning. As a result, a high wind warning was issued from 4 a.m. Thursday through 2 p.m. Friday.
The warning stated that the strongest winds are expected for the mountains in both LA and Ventura counties, as well as the Santa Clarita, Ventura County, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Strong winds are also expected along the coast from the Ventura County line to the Hollywood Hills, according to the warning.
The National Weather Service predicted that winds in the Santa Monica Mountains and Topanga will be between 25-40 miles per hour, with gusts reaching up to 65 miles per hour.
Winds will be at their strongest on Thursday and are expected to taper off on Friday, according to the warning.
High winds may cause downed trees and power lines. So officials are warning residents never to touch downed power lines, even if it seems like it's not live, and to call 911 to report it immediately.