Hold your hats and umbrellas because strong winds are hitting Long Beach, forecasters say

Following a thunderstorm last week, forecasters listed Long Beach as one of many cities in the Los Angeles and Orange counties that will be experiencing high winds Monday and Tuesday.

A storm system is bringing cool and blustery weather to the area today—with the forecast warning of possible gale force winds, rough seas and damaging gusts in the mountains, and Southern California Edison considering Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

The winds will weaken overnight, but the autumn chill—with highs reaching only the lower 70s today—will last into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. A warming trend will follow for the remainder of the week.

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday among beach cities along the Los Angeles County coastline, as well as downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys.

Northwest to north winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 45 mph, are forecasted. Specifically for Long Beach, gusts will reach up to 30 mph, according to the NWS.

A high surf advisory also is in effect from noon today to 8 a.m. Tuesday in both Los Angeles and Orange counties.

NWS officials said the gusty winds could make driving difficult for high-profile vehicles, and they warned that tree limbs may fall and cause power outages. People also are urged to secure all outdoor objects that could blow away.

SoCal Edison said the weather conditions may create the potential for elevated fire risk, and that Public Safety Power Shutoffs were under consideration for certain communities.

Though Long Beach customers are not at risk of possible power shutoffs, SCE spokesman David Song said, about 5,600 customers in Los Angeles County and another 3,170 customers in Ventura County are in areas that may experience potential power shutoffs, according to KTLA News.

The weather is more extreme in southwestern California counties, including Orange, San Diego and Riverside, where there are also wind and high surf advisories in effect through tomorrow and gusts today could hit 50 to 70mph in the mountains and adjacent desert slopes, according to NWS officials.

Staff reporter Crystal Niebla contributed to this report.

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