60MPH Winds Sweep Across California, Wind Warnings Issued by NWS

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) — The National Weather Service issued wind warnings for much of Southern California and the Bay Area Tuesday night as gusty gales raked the West Coast.

Forecasters issued a Red Flag fire warning for the Los Angeles area and predicted blowing dust in Las Vegas and the southwestern deserts.

A strong low-pressure trough over the Great Basin was powering the onshore winds, the Weather Service said. The trough was expected to move into the southern Rockies Wednesday.

Chilly north winds were expected to gust up to 60 mph in the San Fernando Valley, and the California Highway Patrol warned treacherous winds were expected on the roads between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The Los Angeles Times said there was some scattered wind damage reported in North Hollywood and large amounts of dust blowing in the area of the recent Station wildfire.

Winds were also blustery in the San Francisco area. It was not immediately known if the winds played a role in a snapped support cable that forced the closure of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during the evening commute.

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