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Staff Report
7:03 pm PDT October 28, 2019

The National Weather Service is bracing for what will likely be the strongest Santa Ana wind event of the season this week.

An extreme red flag warning is effective from 11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, through 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with strong northeast winds and very low humidities expected.  

“There is increasing confidence of a strong and damaging Santa Ana wind event late Tuesday evening into Thursday,” the alert states. “The peak of the wind event is expected to be Wednesday when damaging wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph will be likely for the wind prone areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with isolated gusts to 80 mph in the mountains.”

Conditions could result in downed trees and power lines, and power outages, NWS said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will have augmented staffing in place for Malibu and surrounding areas, according to the City of Malibu.