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Dec022011

Santa Ana Winds Blow Eastward; SoCal Still Under Advisory

Strong winds knocked down this tree in Arcadia, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. KABC-TV(PASADENA, Calif.) -- The strong Santa Ana winds -- deemed the worst in 10 years -- that blasted through Southern California and much of the West on Thursday are blowing their way eastward after leaving a trail of damage behind them.

Gusts over 100 miles an hour were clocked in several states, knocking down trees, power lines and even semi-trailer trucks.

The storm is now expected to inch farther east, hitting states like Oklahoma, Missouri and Indiana.  But California isn't out of the woods just yet.  A high wind advisory remains in effect until Friday afternoon over much of Southern California.

Along with the threat of a second punch of high winds, firefighters in Southern California are also making preparations in case wildfires erupt on Friday.

"We're gonna have 200 additional firefighters on duty tomorrow, including additional hand crews, aircrafts and engines.  We'll be ready," said a Los Angeles County fire official.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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