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60+ mph Gusts Recorded as Strong Winds Blow Through Pass

The cities of Banning and Beaumont were under a wind advisory Friday afternoon, as strong gusts blew through town.

Banning and Beaumont residents have been treated to quite the windy Friday, with several weather alerts to note that will carry those winds into Saturday.

The National Weather Service placed the area under a "high wind warning" until 2 p.m. Friday.

"Sustained wind speeds of at least 40mph or gusts of 58mph or more can lead to property damage," the Weather Service said.

In Beaumont, a gust of 34mph was recorded at 12:14 p.m., according to preliminary data.  Overnight, a 64 mph gust was recorded in the Highland Springs area, according to that data.

As of Friday afternoon, the wind speed in Banning was holding steady at 28mph, while it was a bit weaker in Beaumont, at 18mph, preliminary data indicated.  However, Beaumont was seeing stronger gusts.

Once that warning expired at 2 p.m., the area continues to remain under a "wind advisory" through 1 p.m. Saturday.

"Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles," NWS said.  "Use extra caution."

According to the NWS, here's what you can expect:

  • Friday afternoon:  Windy, with a east wind around 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.
  • Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Windy, with a east wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
  • Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 81. Windy, with a east wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.

In addition to the strong winds, a "red flag warning" was in effect until Saturday evening, meaning an increased fire danger.

What's it been like where YOU live?  Tell us in the comments below!  Add your weather pictures to the gallery above!

Dale Beckes October 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM
We live in Four Seasons at Beaumont, high on a hill and have a good weather station. Our winds have been steady from the East at 20mph+ with consistent gusts of over 30mph since 3:00am, with a maximum gust of 39mph at 5:10am. For current local weather data from our station anytime, feel free to look at http://www.wunderground.com and search on KCABEAUM7.
Mariana Zuelsdorf October 27, 2012 at 02:40 AM
We live up by the Banning Cemetery and the gusts have been awful. The air is full of dust, making it difficult to breathe easily.

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