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High Wind Watch

Statement as of 9:22 PM PDT on April 24, 2014

Expires 2:00 AM EDT on April 27, 2014


... High wind watch remains in effect from Friday evening through
Saturday evening...

* winds... southwest to west winds 30 to 40 mph... gusting to 65
mph. Wind gusts of 70 mph or greater are possible in the more
wind-prone areas.

* Timing... southwest to west winds increasing Friday evening...
peaking Friday night. Winds will slowly weaken Saturday
afternoon and evening before diminishing Saturday night.

* Location... strongest along Mountain Ridge tops and on adjacent
desert slopes... as well as far northern portions of the Coachella
Valley and far southeast corner of San Diego County.

* Visibility... reduced at times by blowing sand and dust in the
deserts.

* Impacts... the winds will make driving difficult... especially for
motorists with high profile vehicles. Travel may be impacted
along 1-10 in the Coachella Valley and I-8 through the San Diego
County mountains. Watch for broken tree limbs and other debris.

* Outlook... winds will begin to weaken late Saturday afternoon...
but remain gusty through Sunday morning.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous
high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph... or gusts of
58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest
forecasts.





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