High wind warning issued for San Diego County

Warning in effect until 10AM Saturday

SAN DIEGO - Strong, gusty winds swirled in the valleys and mountains of San Diego County Friday, and a high wind warning expected to last into Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the valleys and mountains until 10 a.m. Saturday. A wind advisory issued early Friday is no longer in effect.

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. A wind advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected.

The strongest winds were expected Friday morning and Friday evening through Saturday morning.

"Gusty winds will make travel difficult for high-profile vehicles, including along ... Interstate 8 and highways 78 and 94 through the San Diego County mountains," a weather service advisory said.

In the far East County, gusts toyed with motorists Friday morning. Wind gusts hit 50 mph along parts of the Cleveland National Forest and along Interstate 8.

"I drive a little Mercedes that should be low to the ground, but I feel like I'm getting pushed into the other lane. That's actually kind of scary," said Descanso resident Nicole McNutt.

"It's kind of a [gusty] breeze, you know. It blows a lot harder at certain times," said El Cajon resident Mike Agrella, who was taking his recreational vehicle to the desert. "It is like a sail but it also weighs 30,000 pounds fully laden, so it's pretty stable."

McNutt said she looked out her home's window to make sure the wind didn't do any damage.

"[It's] enough to whip around and make you look outside to see if your roofs still on," she said.

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