SAN DIEGO - Strong gusty winds buffeted the mountains and deserts of San Diego County Monday, and coastal areas were threatened with high surf and strong rip currents.
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The National Weather Service scheduled a high wind warning for the mountains and deserts until 9 p.m., saying sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour were gusting up to 65 mph. Isolated gusts up to 80 mph were also possible, according to the agency.
"You may run into some sprinkles, even a light shower, Monday morning as you head to work and school," said 10News Weathercaster Robert Santos. "While we can't rule out a pop up shower throughout the day, we're expecting whatever drizzle/light shower ... to decrease after sunrise."
Along the coast, a high surf advisory was scheduled from 5 a.m. Monday to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Five to nine-foot surf was expected -- especially along west-facing beaches -- due to a large short-period northwest swell.
Strong rip currents were also likely, according to the weather service.
For mariners off the coast, a gale warning was scheduled from early Monday morning to late Monday night.
"Winds will increase this morning with strongest winds this afternoon into early this evening," an NWS advisory said.
The winds were making driving in the mountains and deserts difficult, especially for motorists with high-profile vehicles, according to the weather service, which cautioned motorists to watch out for broken tree limbs and in the deserts, blowing dust and sand.
"Unsecured items such as yard furniture, tents, umbrellas and trash cans should be tied down or moved inside," the agency advised.
Traffic in North County was slowed after a tree was blown down at the intersection of Pomerado Road and Fieldstone Drive in Rancho Bernardo. Crews were able to remove the tree quickly and get traffic moving through the area.
In coastal and valley areas, a less severe wind advisory was scheduled from noon to 6 p.m.
Stay with the 10News Pinpoint Weather Team for the latest updates.