Heavy winds whip thru San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Stiff, chilly winds buffeted the San Diego area Wednesday, blowing clouds of dust and debris through the region, wreaking havoc with hairstyles and closing Interstate 8 to large vehicles in the East County highlands.

The strong air currents out of the northeast — blowing consistently at speeds of 25-35 mph, with gusts hitting at least 60 mph at times — were expected to prevail through the day, according to the National Weather Service.

At Lindbergh Field, the buffeting winds caused no flight delays or cancellations, though they did force planes to land out of the west, instead of on the normal easterly approach, airport spokeswoman Katie Jones said.

About 9 a.m., gusts tipped over a big rig on eastbound Interstate 8, near State Route 79 in the Descanso area, according to the California Highway Patrol. Shortly after the minor-injury accident, the CHP shut down the freeway in the area to commercial cargo trucks, motor homes and other “high-profile” vehicles, until further notice.

In El Cajon, the winds were sending tumbleweeds rolling through town and knocking fronds off palms trees and into roads, according to police Lt. Jeff Davis.

A particularly strong high-pressure system over the Southwestern United States was causing the blustery conditions, which should weaken gradually overnight and “start to back off” significantly Thursday morning, NWS forecaster Michael Watkins said.

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