High winds diminish after sweeping Southern California

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Posted: Apr 26, 2016 12:54 PM
High winds diminish after sweeping Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blustery weather system diminished early Tuesday after sweeping across Southern California with wild winds, sleet and hail, toppling the bucket sign at a KFC restaurant and causing other damage.

The powerful winds Monday also sent a heavy canopy across cars and trucks at a car wash in Valencia.

The cold low pressure system responsible for the onslaught unleashed gusts up to 60 mph in the high desert and other rural areas, and a burst in Long Beach brought down the KFC sign, which crashed down in the restaurant's parking lot. No one was injured.

Swimmers and surfers faced dangerous surf and rip currents, while boaters confronted rough seas.

Los Angeles Fire Department boats aided one distressed sailboat off Cabrillo beach.

Waves of cold rain, hail and mountain snow fell on parts of Los Angeles County including Pasadena and Santa Clarita in the late afternoon. A wind-whipped brush fire erupted in the Riverside County community of Home Gardens and threatened five structures despite rainfall, but firefighters held its spread to two acres.

The winds calmed to mild breezes in most places after nightfall. Forecasters said the strongest remaining wind impacts retreated to the mountains north of Los Angeles and to the northwest on the Central Coast.

Another late-season low pressure system was expected to move down the center of the state on Wednesday, bringing a chance of rain and another round of north-to-northwest winds.