Stiff Santa Ana winds lash San Diego area


Last updated 1/19/2021 at 2:37pm

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Strong Santa Ana winds kicked up in the San Diego area Tuesday, Jan. 19, downing trees and power lines while increasing wildfire hazards across the rain-starved region.

In the early afternoon, the National Weather Service reported local gusts as high as 77 mph in the East County -- at Big Black Mountain and Hellhole Canyon -- and 46 mph closer to the coast, at the U.S.-Mexico border in Otay Mesa.

The blustery conditions, which were expected to last through Wednesday, sent trees and utility standards toppling throughout Ramona, according to the San Diego County Sherif...

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