Weather Service Warns of Strong Winds, Gusts Up To 80 MPH

By Tuesday afternoon, sustained northeast winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour and gusts up to 80 mph are likely, the agency said.

Surface high pressure is expected to bring strong gusty winds to the metropolitan areas and the mountains of Riverside County Tuesday but not the Coachella Valley.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning signaling hazardous wind speeds for the Inland Empire and mountains area until 5 p.m. Thursday, saying winds will strengthen and become more widespread into Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, sustained northeast winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour and gusts up to 80 mph are likely, the agency said.

A brief slow-down in the winds is expected headed into Tuesday evening before sustained winds of 30 to 45 mph and gusts up to 85 mph are expected to develop late tonight into Wednesday afternoon.

"The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists of high profile vehicles," an NWS advisory said. "Watch for broken tree limbs and other debris. Secure loose outdoor objects such as lawn or patio furniture."

Another round of strong gusty winds is expected for Wednesday night into Thursday morning, though speeds are not expected to be as strong or as widespread as with the winds today and early Wednesday.

– City News Service.

2 + 2 April 30, 2014 at 12:48 PM
@Les Nessman, god would not be happy to come back and see what we have done to this place. He left it nice and we f'd it all up. When god comes back I am pointing the finger at you, you can tell god "thanks for the oil you left us, we polluted the earth with it." God will say Les," I left you the sun, wind, and water to create energy, and you go digging up oil? Then start wars over it? You idiots!" God will never leave us by ourselves again, next time he goes out of town he is hiring a babysitter to watch you kids.
Jeremiah April 30, 2014 at 01:15 PM
ATC - I couldn't agree more! I have lived in California for all my 62 years and there were many times at the ranch I grew up on in Cajon Pass where wind gusts exceeded 100mph. I doubt they are any slower in the Banning Pass, which is known for it's winds. The article today about the Fire Department advisory projected wind gusts to 90 mph. This is a move by the developers and builders to allow the use of 3/8" OSB instead of more expensive 7/16" OSB and reduce the structural requirements. Ed Miller called them on it and the entire Council agreed they needed to study it more. It is still being moved to the future for discussion and settlement, but this windstorm should make the decision for them. I have e-mailed every Council member pointing out that if they had approved it as requested, today and yesterday would have exceeded the wind load standards. **** Jeremiah
2 + 2 April 30, 2014 at 01:55 PM
The corporate world will always cut corners, try to go the cheap route, and not be accountable for a thing. The bottom line is always more profits, who cares if human beings will be put into harms way, always more money. Money money money.
Jeremiah April 30, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Thankfully, Banning has Council members who don't just rubber-stamp such requests. Ed Miller is a retired engineer who worked on designing the extensible arm on the space shuttles and he wasn't buying it for a minute, and neither did any of the others. There was talk about a compromise lowering the standard from 125mph to 105mph instead of 80mph, but that is still marginal, considering today's winds expected to reach gusts of 90mph and this isn't even the worst windstorm we have ever had by far. **** Jeremiah
2 + 2 April 30, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Earthquakes anyone?


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