SAN DIEGO - Strong and damaging winds will buffet the valleys and mountains of San Diego County Tuesday and may linger into Thursday, forecasters said.
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"North to northeast winds will continue to strengthen near the foothills as an upper-level disturbance intensifies over the desert southwest," according to a National Weather Service statement. "The strong and gusty offshore winds will continue below passes and canyons through this evening, and possibly into Thursday evening as surface high pressure continues to build over the Great Basin."
A high wind warning issued for the valleys and mountains was canceled Tuesday afternoon. However, a wind advisory for those areas is now in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday.
On Tuesday, sustained northeast winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour gusting to 60 mph were expected.
Also possible are occasional gusts of more than 70 mph through and below passes and canyons, according to the weather service.
"The winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles," an NWS advisory said. "Watch for broken tree limbs and downed power lines."
In valley areas, strong winds are expected mainly near coastal foothills from the Ramona and Santa Ysabel area southward, according to NWS forecasters.
High wind warning signs were posted all along Interstate 8 in the East County to warn drivers about what they may encounter on the mountain pass.
Truck driver David Beuner pulled over to take a break.
"You don't want to mess around," he told 10News. "No, you don't mess around with these winds… no, ma'am."
He was hauling an empty trailer, which made it even more dangerous.
10News cameras caught several trucks over the Pine Valley bridge being pushed around by powerful gusts.