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    Winds Whip Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix

    By By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
    April 11, 2013, 8:04:58 AM EDT

    Winds strong enough to down power lines and trees continue to bring the potential for property damage and hazards to motorists will spread across the Southwest.

    Areas from Southern California and Nevada to Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas will be affected Tuesday.

    The highest wind gusts will whip southern Nevada, the deserts of Southern California, eastern Arizona and a large portion of New Mexico.


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    Strong onshore winds along the coast were creating rough surf conditions over the Southern California beaches.

    The strongest winds can bring down power lines and trees and bring the potential for property damage. Downed power lines have the potential to spark brush fires.

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    For most of the affected area, the high winds will have the potential to make driving conditions difficult at times, especially with high-profile vehicles.

    Blowing dust could restrict visibilities, also making for difficult driving conditions.


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    Other precautionary measures that can be taken include securing trash cans and other loose and lightweight outdoor objects that could be blown around by this wind.

    Use extreme caution with outdoor power equipment. The use of open flames in windy conditions is strongly discouraged.

    The high winds coming to the area will be created by a strengthening low pressure area aiming for the Four Corners states.

    The storm will trigger a blizzard from Denver to Rapid City, S.D., Monday night and Tuesday, and violent thunderstorms, including a risk of tornadoes, from Dallas to Kansas City later Tuesday into Tuesday night.

    Midday Monday, gusts to 87 mph were recorded in Southern California, near 60 mph in Arizona and 55 mph in Nevada during the event.

    The wind downed power lines in Palm Springs and the Monterey areas during Monday. Trees were downed in Sacramento and San Francisco.

    Gusts between 40 and 80 mph blasted southern Nevada on Monday.

    During Monday night, gusts between 40 and 65 mph ripped across portions of Arizona.

    Gusts between 40 and 60 mph were frequenting portions of southern and western New Mexico Tuesday morning.

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