Winds gusts up to 60 MPH expected in San Diego County; High Wind Warning in effect

SAN DIEGO - Strong winds were expected Tuesday in the mountains and deserts of San Diego County while elevated surf threatens coastal areas with the possibility of minor flooding.

10News Pinpoint Weathercaster Robert Santos said due to a strong cold front moving through the region a High Wind Warning went into effect at 10 a.m. Tuesday and will run through 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Santos said westerly winds between 25-35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph are on the forecast -- even 60 mph in some of the usually windier spots.

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According to the National Weather Service, the winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with high profile vehicles. Reduced visibility in blowing sand and dust may create hazardous driving conditions in the area. Watch for debris on roadways and broken tree limbs.

The NWS also issued a beach hazards statements for coastal areas from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning, saying the high tide was likely to exceed 7 feet during the morning hours. The highest waves and surf will be on west-facing beaches, according to the agency.

"A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches," an NWS advisory said. "Obey posted warning signs and flags and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use caution when in or near the water and always swim near a lifeguard."

A small craft advisory for wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots is scheduled from 1 p.m. today to Thursday morning. The advisory means that strong winds speeds could cause wave conditions that would be hazardous to small craft.

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