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Powerful winds bring advisories and warnings along Central Coast

Posted at 10:29 AM, Apr 09, 2019

The winds are already cranking Tuesday morning. This scenario with some potentially dangerous impacts is expected to last for most of the day Tuesday and into Wednesday in many places along the Central Coast and Southern California.

A wind advisory is currently in place Tuesday for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Palm tree blowing in strong winds in San Luis Obispo (KSBY Staff)

The areas under the advisory are the beaches, coastal valleys and the Santa Ynez Valley.

Sustained winds will range from 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 mph. The mountains and foothills and the south coast will also be windy with potential for wind gusts to reach 45 mph.

The mountains and foothills above Montecito in Santa Barbara County are under a high wind warning through at least 3 a.m. Wednesday. Wind gusts could range anywhere from 50 to 65 mph through Wednesday afternoon.

Despite the strong winds, temperatures will be mild, ranging from the upper 60s to low 70s and skies will be partly cloudy in the morning before conditions clear up in the afternoon.

Southern California could see stronger windy conditions across the region.

The National Weather Service says breezes Tuesday will strengthen into strong north-northwest winds that could produce gusts up to 70 mph (113 kph) in some areas.

Forecasters say potential impacts could include downed trees, power outages, difficult driving conditions and dangerous sea conditions for mariners.