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Strong Santa Ana Winds Hitting California

2 Dec 2016, 4:00 pm

A strong and potentially damaging Santa Ana wind event has begun in Southern California and interior areas of the state. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories have been issued. A 95 mph gust was reported this morning near Alpine Meadows Summit, and 50 mph gusts were common in several other areas.

Some trees had already been reported knocked down from the high winds.  Blowing dust was observed as well on satellite and that could become an issue with reduced visibility for drivers and poor air quality.

A strong area of high pressure is building over the Great Basin and an upper level low has developed over Baja California. The pressure difference between the weather systems is driving the strong northeasterly wind that will continue through Saturday. The area could see potential wind gusts to 90 mph in some of the canyons, mountain peaks and passes. Sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph are likely in most areas with 50 to 60 mph gusts.

Residents are urged to secure objects that are outside or bring them inside. Drivers and boaters may face difficult conditions at times through Saturday. High profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers will be the most affected. Strong crosswinds may knock down additional trees and powerlines in areas receiving the highest wind gusts.

The wind will remain strong throughout the night and through most of Saturday. The wind will start to diminish Sunday morning.

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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