SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Strong winds were expected Tuesday in the mountains and deserts of San Diego County while elevated surf threatens coastal areas with the possibility of minor flooding.
"A strong cold front will move through the region tonight through early Wednesday," according to the National Weather Service. "Westerly winds will increase ahead of the front ... early Tuesday and become especially strong and gusty this afternoon and evening over the mountain ridge tops, desert slopes and foothills."
The agency issued a high wind warning for the mountains and deserts from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. During the warning period, sustained winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour and local gusts up to 60 mph were expected.
"The winds will make driving difficult, especially for motorists with high profile vehicles," an NWS advisory said. "Reduced visibility in blowing sand and dust may create hazardous driving conditions in the area. Watch for debris on roadways and broken tree limbs."
The Weather Service also issued a beach hazards statements for coastal areas from this morning to Wednesday morning, saying the high tide was likely to exceed 7 feet during the morning hours. The highest waves and surf will be on west-facing beaches, according to the agency.
"A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches," an NWS advisory said. "Obey posted warning signs and flags and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use caution when in or near the water and always swim near a lifeguard."
A small craft advisory for wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots is scheduled from 1 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday morning. The advisory means that strong winds speeds could cause wave conditions that would be hazardous to small craft.
San Diego State University police are responding to a gas leak on campus, the department said in a series of alerts at about 9:20 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is scheduled Friday to tour the Otay Mesa Immigration and Detention Facility, where she will visit migrant mothers who were separated from their children.
Sentencing is scheduled Friday for a San Diego man who beat, raped and strangled a female friend after watching her have sex with another couple, then stuffed her body in a suitcase and put it out with the trash.
As the weather heats up, County Animal Services says you may see more rattlesnakes out and about. The department has already received 656 rattlesnake calls since the beginning of the year, 100 more than last year at this time. Some 30 calls came in since last Wednesday.
A bleeding, gravely injured man banged on the door of a Lemon Grove home in an apparent last-gasp plea for help, and his death a short time later prompted sheriff's deputies to launch a homicide investigation, authorities said Friday.
High pressure over Northern Mexico will warm temperatures Friday. Coastal areas cooler due to weak onshore flow. Excessive heat warning in effect for San Diego County deserts through Friday evening.
Two dogs attacked a woman and her toddler son on an East County roadside Thursday, leaving them seriously injured, authorities said.
Come into Battle Axe and you are sure to learn a thing or two. The "axperts" will teach you two-handed throws and a little humility.