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SACRAMENTO (AP) - High winds are lashing Northern California, downing trees and creating isolated power outages.

Much of the region, including parts of the San Francisco Bay area, was under a wind advisory on Monday morning. The National Weather Service says the strongest winds are expected in the Sacramento and northern San Joaquin valleys.

Winds there will be between 25 to 35 mph, with gust up to 50 mph, through the evening. In the Bay area, winds are expected to reach 45 mph.

San Francisco police officer John Tozzini tells KGO-TV at least a dozen trees have come down in the city already. The television station reports that more than 20,000 people lost power in the Bay area.

The winds are expected to die down by around 7 or 8 p.m. High winds were also affecting Southern California.