Wild winds, sleet and hail swept through the Los Angeles region Monday, creating strong surf and toppling a giant bucket-shaped KFC sign in Long Beach.
Thunderstorms were reported in Arcadia, hail fell in Santa Clarita and there were reports of snow and graupel — water droplets frozen to falling snowflakes — in the local mountains.
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Strong winds took down power lines, felled trees and even snapped the base of the KFC sign near 45th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, sending a giant faux bucket of chicken crashing to the ground. No one was hurt.
In Valencia, a massive canopy was blown across a parking lot and into some vehicles, but no injuries were reported.
Northwest gusts of up to 60 mph were forecast for the Antelope Valley Tuesday night, where a high wind warning was in effect, according to the National Weather Service.
A high wind advisory for the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys was due to expire at 3 a.m. Tuesday while in some mountain areas a high wind advisory was to remain in effect through 10 a.m., the NWS reported.
Drivers of high profile vehicles and those towing trailers were advised to expect hazardous road conditions, including windblown dust that could reduce visibility to near zero along with possible downed trees, limbs and power lines.
Temperatures, meanwhile were expected to dip into low to mid-50s overnight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.