Strong Santa Ana winds struck the Southland on Thursday, prompting a wind advisory for the Hollywood Hills that will remain in effect through the afternoon.
Winds of between 15 and 25 mph with 40-mph gusts will develop Thursday morning between Malibu and the Hollywood Hills and persist into the afternoon, NWS forecasters said.
The wind advisory, in effect until 3 p.m., was also issued along the coast, in downtown and the rest of metropolitan L.A., the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.
A high wind warning indicating northeast winds blowing at more than 40 miles per hour and gusting at more than 60 mph will be in force in the San Gabriels in Los Angeles and Ventura counties until 3 p.m.
"A tight offshore pressure gradient will keep strong and potentially damaging Santa Ana winds across Ventura and Los Angeles counties through mid-afternoon," according to a National Weather Service advisory. "Be alert for flying debris. If on the road, keep eyes open for fallen trees and downed power lines. Secure all doors and windows and stay indoors if possible."
—City News Service contributed to this report.