Santa Ana winds expected to peak Monday night through Thursday

Posted at 4:29 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 23:58:43-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Gusty Santa Ana winds and dry conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for San Diego County.

The winds, which are expected to peak overnight Monday and Thursday, are expected to last into Friday or Saturday.

"Meteorologists at the National Weather Service have not seen models for a Santa Ana event like this in many years," SDFD Chief Brian Fennessy said.

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Thursday is expected to be the worst day for fire danger in San Diego County, according to forecast reports.

The San Diego Fire Department has also taken measures to help ensure safety, increasing staff through Thursday.

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The department has also added two strike teams of 10 brush rigs, one strike team of five fire engines, two water tenders and two helicopters.

SDG&E Monday said they planned to call customers in wind-prone areas to alert them of the possibility of power outages related to high winds and reminding them to be prepared to activate their personal emergency plan."

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The utility is also increasing staffing throughout the week as well as monitoring wind speeds.