Santa Ana winds expected to hit San Diego

By City News Service

The breezy San Diego lifestyle is about to get downright blustery.

A mounting high-pressure system is likely to stir up strong — and possibly destructive — Santa Ana winds across the county Thursday, the National Weather Service reported.

An NWS advisory, effective from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, warns of sustained winds from 20 to 40 mph across San Diego-area inland valleys and mountains, accompanied by gusts possibly reaching 55 mph.

The unsettled conditions may topple some trees, down power lines, damage structures and kick up enough dust to limit visibility to a quarter-mile or less in some locales, according to meteorologists.

Motorists who must travel through the wind-buffeted areas, particularly those in motor homes or other "high-profile" vehicles, were advised to pay extra attention to their driving over the period.

   
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