Very Strong Winds Across California


Strong winds are causing damage in California.


Pacific Gas & Electric warned that the power could be turned off for public safety on Monday night.


An area of low pressure combined with a strengthening high pressure from the Rockies into the Great Basin will drive increasingly strong and locally damaging winds across much of California over the next few days.


High wind warnings and advisories are in effect across much of the state of California, and portions of the higher terrain including the Sierra-Nevada may see wind gusts as high as 80 mph.


Due to the strong winds, there is a risk of downed power lines and trees.


On Monday the fire risk was critical across southern California, specifically in Los Angeles and Ventura County.


On Tuesday critical conditions are anticipated northward to include the slopes of the Diablo and Santa Lucia Ranges. Strong winds will also be an issue.