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Warnings Of Strong Winds, High Surf In San Diego County

Strong winds were expected Tuesday in the mountains and deserts of San Diego County while elevated surf threatens coastal areas with the possibility of minor flooding.

Photo credit: National Weather Service

In this National Weather Service map dated Dec. 3, 2013, the area shaded in turquoise indicates where the beach hazards statement applies, and the area shaded in orange-brown indicates where a high wind warning is in effect.

"A strong cold front will move through the region tonight through early Wednesday,'' according to the National Weather Service. "Westerly winds will increase ahead of the front ... early today and become especially strong and gusty this afternoon and evening over the mountain ridge tops, desert slopes and foothills.''

The agency issued a high wind warning for the mountains and deserts from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. During the warning period, sustained winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour and local gusts up to 60 mph were expected.

"The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with high profile vehicles,'' an NWS advisory said. "Reduced visibility in blowing sand and dust may create hazardous driving conditions in the area. Watch for debris on roadways and broken tree limbs.''

The Weather Service also issued a beach hazards statement for coastal areas from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning, saying the high tide was likely to exceed 7 feet during the morning hours. The highest waves and surf will be on west-facing beaches, according to the agency.

"A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches,'' an NWS advisory said. "Obey posted warning signs and flags and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use caution when in or near the water and always swim near a lifeguard.''

A small craft advisory for wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots is scheduled from 1 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday morning. The advisory means that strong winds speeds could cause wave conditions that would be hazardous to small craft.

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