The Santa Ana "Devil Winds" that helped whip up the destructive California wildfires Sunday are expected to finally begin subsiding today, according to weather forecasts.
But the damage has been -- and continues to be -- done: "695 square miles burned and 1,609 homes destroyed, with damage estimated by the state Department of Insurance at more than $1 billion," according to the Los Angeles Times.
The number of fires still burning and the acreage burned as of this morning will be available shortly -- check back for details.
The good news is that the winds are dying down, as a high pressure centered east of Southern California subsides, thereby lessening the pressure gradient that had fostered the strong, hot dry winds that blew down to the coast.
The Storm Prediction Center had this to say about the day ahead:
THE SANTA ANA WIND EVENT OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WILL CONTINUE TO DIMINISH AND WINDS WILL SHIFT TO AN ONSHORE REGIME.
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