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Don’t let today’s cool fog fool you. Winds that could cause downed trees and power outages are expected tonight and tomorrow in Malibu. Scott Steepleton/Surfside News
Scott Steepleton, Editor
3:54 pm PST February 24, 2021

The potential for 30 mph northeast winds and gusts up to 50 mph prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory for the Malibu coast from 9 p.m. today to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Low humidity and strong offshore winds contribute to potentially critical fire weather.

“Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high profile vehicles,” according to the advisory. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.”

The advisory is in effect for Santa Monica through Leo Carrillo.

Officials with the city of Malibu said residents should be prepared for potential fires, power and traffic signal outages, downed tree limbs and power lines, and hazardous driving conditions. They encourage monitoring emergency and weather updates on local AM and FM radio “which will work with hand-crank, solar, battery-powered, and car radios if the power is out.”

City alerts will be issued as warranted, and emergency information will also be posted at the city website, malibucity.org.