Cold front brings damaging winds to Southern California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cold front with damaging winds caused scattered power outages in Southern California on Monday and sent temperatures plunging from springlike levels just a few days earlier.
A 747 cargo plane taking off from Los Angeles International Airport was damaged when it struck a trash bin that had blown onto the runway around 3 a.m., officials said. Seven people on board were not injured, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Northerly winds topping 50 mph (80 kph) brought down trees and power lines across greater Los Angeles. A gust of 80 mph (129kph) was recorded at Warm Springs Mountain in the Angeles National Forest, the National Weather Service said.
Daytime temperatures in Los Angeles hovered in the low 60s (about 17 Celsius).
An overnight freeze watch was in effect for some inland areas including the Coachella Valley, beginning at 10 p.m. Monday through 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Winds were expected to weaken throughout the day Monday. Warmer weather was expected to return at midweek.
A record high of 81 degrees (27 Celsius) was set at LAX on Saturday, surpassing the previous mark of 79 degrees (26 Celsius) for the day in 1954.