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Santa Barbara Weather: 78.3°F | Humidity: 59% | Pressure: 29.88in ( Falling) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: South | Wind Speed: 3.8mph [see map]

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Update: High Wind Warning
updated: Feb 20, 2014, 7:54 AM

Source: Office of Emergency Management

UPDATE: The high wind warning supposedly expired at 3am on Thursday. We will leave this article open for all wind related conversation.

National Weather Service - High Wind Warning

...STRONG WINDS EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

.STRONG NORTHWEST TO NORTH WINDS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH LATE TONIGHT FOR AREAS THROUGH AND BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS OF THE SANTA YNEZ RANGE AND THE SOUTH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY COAST... MAINLY AROUND MONTECITO AND GAVIOTA...AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF THE LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTY MOUNTAINS...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE INTERSTATE 5 CORRIDOR. WIND GUSTS OF UP TO 60 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE AT TIMES FOR THESE AREAS. GUSTY WINDS ARE ALSO EXPECTED ACROSS OTHER PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHLAND TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING...WITH WINDS SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT AND SLOWLY DIMINISH THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM PST THURSDAY...

* WINDS...NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH AND PERSIST THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR THROUGH AND BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS OF THE SANTA YNEZ RANGE THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS...STRONG WINDS CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR DRIVERS OF HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES AND VEHICLES TOWING TRAILERS. WINDS THIS STRONG MAY DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES...

AND CAUSE PROPERTY DAMAGE. MAJOR ROADWAYS THAT COULD BE AFFECTED INCLUDE HIGHWAYS 101...154...AND 192...ESPECIALLY NEAR GAVIOTA... SAN MARCOS PASS...AND BELOW THE HILLS OF MONTECITO.

Instructions:

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS THAT DAMAGING HIGH WINDS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER ARE LIKELY OR IMMINENT. SECURE ALL LOOSE OUTDOOR FURNITURE IN ADVANCE OF THE ONSET OF STRONG WINDS. MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA SOURCE.

Target Area: Santa Barbara County Mountains - Santa Barbara County South Coast

 

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