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.
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