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East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts

November 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A potentially strong Santa Ana weather pattern will develop Thursday evening, bringing strong Santa Ana winds Thursday night through Saturday. Sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour and gusts over 65 mph are possible in the windiest locations, including Highway 8 in San Diego County from Alpine to the Imperial County border.

The National Weather Service predicts gusty northeast winds will surface in the mountains Thursday night, and funnel through the mountain passes into the foothills and valleys. Strongest winds will be Friday and Saturday.

This will create hazardous travel for motorists Thursday night through Saturday, especially those with high-profile vehicles.  Winds reaching the coastal waters may be hazardous to small craft at times

Areas in Southern California with the strongest winds forecast include: 

  • Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass 
  • Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills 
  • Interstate 10 through the San Gorgonio Pass 
  • Highway 74 through the Riverside County Mountains
  • Highway 8 in San Diego County from Alpine to the Imperial County border
  • Coastal Waters: northeast winds 15-25 mph may reach portions of the inner waters off of Orange County and northern San Diego County

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The Wind Blows

I was in Palm Springs and the wind was blowing rain from a storm 5 miles away. Some locals from Beaumont said they called the town Blowmont.