Strong and damaging winds forecast for Sunday

By on Fri, March 18, 2011

The National Weather Service forecasts “strong and damaging winds” for the Central California Coast, beginning late Saturday night:

A powerful low pressure system will deepen off the central california coast late saturday into sunday bringing strong southerly winds to the area especially near the coast. High wind watch in effect from early sunday morning through sunday evening the national weather service in san francisco has issued a high wind watch which is in effect from early sunday morning through sunday evening.

* timing: Strong winds will be possible along and near the central coast from daybreak sunday through sunday evening.

* winds: South winds will increase across the area overnight saturday through early sunday morning. Southerly winds around 40 mph with gusts near 60 mph possible on sunday. The strongest and possibly damaging winds will occur late sunday morning into the afternoon hours.

* impacts: High winds could topple trees and power lines and lead to power failures. In addition driving would be difficult for motorists with high profile vehicles or trailers. Precautionary/preparedness actions a high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts..