Powerful winds lash California

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Powerful winds have been raking California and are beginning to be felt elsewhere in the West.

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

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

Rising winds are 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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