WEST HOLLYWOOD—Blistering winds swept across the Southland on Thursday, September 22 ripping down trees in West Hollywood and causing damage and increasing potential for fire danger.

The gusts toppled over a large tree, which smashed on top of three unoccupied cars along the 1000 block of Laurel Avenue, near Santa Monica Boulevard.

There were no reports of injuries, according to authorities, but the cars sustained extensive damage; two of the three cars were damaged beyond repair.

There were some power outages in the area, but So Cal Edison crews restored electricity within hours. Downed power lines were reported near the West Hollywood and Beverly Hills border.

In Hollywood, a light pole came crashing down after winds started to pick up on Thursday.

The strong winds are putting firefighters across the San Fernando Valley on high alert; a red flag weather watch is currently in effect across Southern California.

The Santa Ana winds are expected to flare up throughout the weekend, which is forecasted to be hot and dry, which could pose a risk to fires.