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Windy Weather Concern for Sailors, Firefighters

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Oracle Team USA skippered by James Spithill celebrates after crossing the finish line ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand skippered by Dean Barker during race 17 of the America's Cup Finals on September 24, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

    Windy weather should blast through through the Bay Area on Wednesday and Thursday, with hillier areas seeing possible gusts of up to 50 mph and wind on the San Francisco Bay reaching speeds of about 25 mph.

    Those speeds may affect whether sailors in the America's Cup race at 1 p.m. today will set sail, and there's also a small craft advisory and gale warning for the entire California coast. That means waves could reach up to 10 feet, and rip currents “sneaker waves” could arise.

    The winds have postoned the racing before, including Race 14 on Sept. 21 when not only was it windy, but rainy too.

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    Winds will continue increasing the next 36 hours. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri tracks gusts that could exceed 40 mph & when warmer temperatures are set to return.

    Away from the bay, there is a fire concern in elevated areas, with official "Fire Weather Watches" in place for hills about 1,000 feet.