Strong winds, high surf threaten county

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Strong winds were expected Tuesday in the mountains and
deserts of San Diego County while elevated surf threatens coastal areas with
the possibility of minor flooding.

“A strong cold front will move through the region tonight through early
Wednesday,” according to the National Weather Service. “Westerly winds will
increase ahead of the front … early today and become especially strong and
gusty this afternoon and evening over the mountain ridge tops, desert slopes
and foothills.”

The agency issued a high wind warning for the mountains and deserts from
10 a.m. today to 4 a.m. Wednesday. During the warning period, sustained winds
of 25 to 40 miles per hour and local gusts up to 60 mph were expected.

“The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with
high profile vehicles,” an NWS advisory said. “Reduced visibility in blowing
sand and dust may create hazardous driving conditions in the area. Watch for
debris on roadways and broken tree limbs.”

The Weather Service also issued a beach hazards statements for coastal
areas from this morning to Wednesday morning, saying the high tide was likely
to exceed 7 feet during the morning hours. The highest waves and surf will be
on west-facing beaches, according to the agency.

“A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip
currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible
at local beaches,” an NWS advisory said. “Obey posted warning signs and flags
and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use caution when in or near the water
and always swim near a lifeguard.”

A small craft advisory for wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots is scheduled
from 1 p.m. today to Thursday morning. The advisory means that strong winds
speeds could cause wave conditions that would be hazardous to small craft.

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