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November 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for a storm forecast to have 70 mph gusts capable of toppling trees and damaging power lines. The wind warning is in effect from 7 p.m. this evening through 2 p.m. Friday for San Diego County mountains and inland valleys. Strong winds are also expected along coastal areas.
Stronger than a wind advisory, a wind warning means that a “hazardous high wind event” is expected or occurring. The NWS advises securing unsecured objects such as lawn furniture, closing windows, and using caution when driving, particularly for high profile vehicles.   Visibility may also be reduced due to blowing dust and sand in some areas.

ECM News partner 10 News reports that the wind speeds forecast are the strongest since 2007, when firestorms fueled by powerful Santa Ana Winds scorched our region. “It won’t be as strong as that one, but it won’t be much weaker,” Ivory Small of the NWS told 10 News. 
A cold low pressure system will also bring chilly temperatures and a chance of thunder showers and mountain snow.
This morning, Cal-Fire issued a no-burn proclamation banning open burning including campfires (except in designated areas at campgrounds) starting at 8 a.m. today until further notice.
In neighboring San Bernadino and Riverside County mountains, a fire weather warning has been issued.  

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