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High winds and surf predicted for Southern California

March 9, 2010 |  7:45 am

Gusty winds are blowing into Southern California.

The National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Thursday, saying gusts of up to 60 mph are possible, especially in the Antelope Valley and mountains of Los Angeles County.

Winds with sustained speeds of 20 to 35 mph could reach destructive levels as they strengthen and become more widespread through the morning, said officials with the National Weather Service.

Fierce winds on the Interstate 5 corridor and dust could make for limited visibility on Highways 14 and 138. Authorities urged drivers to use extra caution and to look out for debris in the road and downed power lines.

Forecasters also issued a high-surf advisory, saying a wind-driven swell along the Southern California coast will cause rip currents that will make swimming dangerous.

--Tony Barboza

Photo: A view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline on a breezy day from Vista Hermosa Park. Credit: Irfan  Khan / Los Angeles Times

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