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Powerful Gusty Winds Hit and a Slight Chance of Rain

The National Weather Service issued wind advisories in effect through Thursday morning and predicts a slight chance of rain to follow.

Gusty winds powerful enough to knock down trees and power lines again lashed the region Wednesday.

In fact, today's winds will be stronger than Tuesday, when the three-day wind event began, National Weather Service forecasters said. Furthermore, the weather service is predicting a 20 percent chance of rain Friday in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach area.

A high wind warning, issued when forecasters expect sustained winds in excess of 20 mph in the region will remain in effect through Thursday.

Weather forecasters are warning commuters to drive with caution.

"Isolated gusts to 80 mph are possible over the peaks surrounding the Interstate 5 Corridor," according to an NWS advisory. "Winds this strong can down power lines, trees and large signs. These winds will also create hazardous driving conditions on area roads, especially through the Interstate 5 Corridor."

Driving will be especially challenging for motorists in high-profile vehicles, according to the weather service.

Temperatures, meanwhile, will stay cool Wednesday, with the NWS forecasting highs of 69 in Seal Beach, 67 in Newport Beach; 71 in Avalon and at LAX; 74 on Mount Wilson; 75 in Anaheim; 78 in downtown L-A; 80 in Long Beach; 81 in San Gabriel; 82 in Burbank; 83 in Pasadena; 87 in Saugus and Lancaster; 88 in Palmdale; and 90 in Woodland Hills.

-City News Service contributed to this report.

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