Powerful Winds Lash California

LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2013)--Powerful winds raked California Monday and were beginning to be felt elsewhere in the West.

The gusts produced by a cold front sweeping down the state Monday sent waves crashing against the coast, toppled trees and caused scattered power outages from San Francisco to San Diego.

A dust storm closed State Route 14 in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, and high winds also forced closure of 34 miles of Interstate 40 in Arizona.

Rising winds were also reported in Colorado, and forecasters expect New Mexico to begin feeling the system's effects late Monday.

The massive rush of air across California also has had an upside.

The main power grid operator says turbines spinning within the grid produced a record 4,196 megawatts Sunday night.


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