Wind alerts downgraded in San Diego County

City News Service

High winds out of the north whipped through San Diego County Thursday, giving people reason to hang tight to their hats and creating potential for property damage but causing no reported problems.

The gusty conditions, caused by a strong low-pressure system that moved over the region Wednesday night, turned out to be less severe than initially expected, prompting the National Weather Service to rescind the high-wind warning it had instituted for area mountain locales and replace it with a lower- level wind advisory.

That reduced alert status — which predicts sustained air currents of 15 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph — is slated to remain in effect in the East County highlands and deserts until 10 a.m. Friday. Until then, the winds still could topple trees, power lines and unsecured outdoor objects while posing difficulties for motorists, especially those driving "high profile" vehicles, the NWS advised.

A wind advisory for San Diego-area inland valleys, meanwhile, was canceled, as well. Still, breezier-than-normal conditions, with gusts up to 30 mph, were expected to prevail in those areas through late Friday morning, forecasters said.

Meanwhile, power outages, a few fires and downed wires were reported in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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