A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service which is in effect from 8:00am to 8:00pm Saturday. Southerly winds will rapidly increase Saturday morning. South winds 40-50 mph with gusts 75-90 mph, strongest near exposed headlands. Coastal communities and sheltered areas can expect south winds 25-45 mph with gusts 60-75 mph. For the higher terrain of the Coast Range, south winds 35-50 mph with gusts 75-90 mph. Peak winds are projected between 11:00am and 4:00pm.
Impacts could include broken and downed tree limbs entangled with power lines, creating power outages. Any tree debris on roads may hinder travel. Also, trees could be toppled, especially shallow rooted trees and trees in highly exposed locations. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
Offshore, a Hurricane Force Wind Watch remains in effect for Saturday morning through Saturday evening. South winds rising to 45-50 knots gusting 60-65 knots and dangerous steep seas building to near 30 feet at 14 seconds.
And even though there is not current warning, Central Coast beaches will see high and dangerous surf conditions tomorrow. You should stay well back from the water’s edge and never turn your back on the ocean.