Hundreds of thousands of households in California were without power Thursday after strong winds toppled trees, downed power lines, and delayed flights. A gust of 97 mph was recorded at Whitaker Peak in Los Angeles County Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. The storm is expected to peak Thursday night. “We anticipate that it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Southern California Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady. Officials said 250,000 were without power in Southern California, along with an additional 26,000 in the northern Santa Cruz Mountains. Twenty-seven flights have been delayed from Los Angeles International Airport due to debris on the runway and severe crosswinds.