“It was one of those hot dry [winds] that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen.”

Powerful Santa Ana winds sweeping through Southern California are knocking out power across the region.

One gust of 97 mph was even recorded Wednesday night, at Whitaker Peak in Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service.

Playa Del Rey, Del Rey, Westchester, Venice, Hollywood, Beverly Grove, Van Nuys and Encino have all been left in the dark.

And it’s been tough to escape the winds: Twenty-three flights have been diverted and others delayed at the Los Angeles International airport.

Even officials such as Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor are cautious about saying anything definitive about the winds.“[We] are cautiously optimistic the worst wind conditions are behind us,” he said. “For now.”