Raging Santa Ana winds hit the greater Los Angeles area Wednesday afternoon and evening, knocking over trees and causing power outages as well as delays at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and other regional airports.
Delays at Los Angeles International
CNN is reporting that as many as 20 inbound flights were diverted to nearby airports while numerous departing flights at LAX experienced delays throughout the evening and into Thursday morning.
More Wind in the Forecast
The winds were described by one Los Angeles resident as “like an earthquake from above” and a single gust in the LA area’s Simi Valley was clocked at 95 mph. At least 80,000 residents lost power but so far apparently no electrical outages have affected any airport operations.
Local weather reports are calling for more winds today, tonight and tomorrow and the National Weather Service has a ‘High Wind Warning’ in effect for Los Angeles County through noon on Friday (Dec. 2).
JetBlue Travel Advisory Issued
JetBlue has issued a travel advisory warning its passengers that “delays may be possible into LAX, Burbank, and Long Beach Airports” and to check flight status before heading to the airport. In general, travelers heading to or from the LA area are advised to remain in close contact with their airline and to sign up now for any news alerts from their carrier.