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Reports on Wednesday, January 20 indicated that storm forced winds that helped plunge thousands of Californians into darkness had eased. Still, on Tuesday, January 26, more than 11,000 homes were without power.
The windstorm that caused brushfires, toppled trees and left thousands of Californians without power was focused on the southern end of the state, where it was expected that more threats of heavy rain and flash floods would occur.
Residents of the state experience strong winds of 50-mph in many areas in San Diego County.
The winds were tapering off by sunset in many areas, but high-wind warnings remained in place until 10 p.m. in San Bernardino and Riverside counties and inland areas of Orange County.
Meanwhile, utilities were rushing to respond to power outages resulting from a combination of wind damage and public safety power shutoffs to prevent sparks from damaged and down equipment.
Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric cautioned customers that power lines had to be inspected for signs of damage and repaired before they could be reenergized. PG&E reported that 125 power poles and 125 transformers were damaged.
The weather has been cooling since January 20. Prior to that some areas of the state were experiencing temperatures as high as the 90s.
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