More high surf pounds county shores

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Big waves crashed along south San Diego County beaches
Wednesday as high winds swept valley and mountain areas.

A high surf advisory for south San Diego County beaches was in effect
and scheduled to expire at 4 p.m. Until then, waves of up to eight feet are
expected, according to the National Weather Service.

“Waves may be breaking over jetties with the larger set waves,”
according to an NWS advisory. “Lulls between the larger set waves may last up
to 30 minutes … Surf heights should subside below 7 feet late (this)
afternoon.”

Minor beach erosion and minor coastal flooding are possible, and very
strong rip currents are likely, forecasters said.

High winds, meanwhile, buffeted valley and mountains areas, where a wind
advisory was scheduled to be in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday.

“Surface high pressure over the Great Basin and east flow aloft will
bring moderate to locally strong northeast to east winds through early (this)
afternoon,” according to an NWS advisory. “Winds will strengthen again late
this evening through Thursday morning, gradually weakening through Thursday
evening.”

Sustained winds in and below mountain passes today were expected to be
between 20 and 30 miles per hour, gusting at up to 50 mph. Isolated gusts of up
to 60 mph are possible, according to the weather service. In the valleys,
sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph are expected, along with 40-mph gusts.

“The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with
high-profile vehicles,” according to an NWS advisory, which urged motorists to
beware of broken tree limbs and downed power lines.

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