Red Flag Warning Issued for Parts of Bay Area Due to Gusty Winds, Dry Conditions

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Forecasters issued a red flag warning through Tuesday evening, when gusty north winds and dry conditions are in store for parts of the Bay Area.

High winds could bring power outages or topple trees and break off limbs, according to the National Weather Service.

In San Mateo County early Monday, a tree toppled by strong winds destroyed three cars, damaged a home and downed power lines in El Granada, near Half Moon Bay, fire officials said. Neighbors reported hearing loud booms when the tree fell, and fire crews responded, Cal Fire said on social media about 5:30 a.m.

There were no reports of injuries. PG&E was responding to the scene, officials said.

In addition, a gale warning was issued for Bay Area waters, and forecasters advise mariners to consider altering plans.

The red flag warning upgrades a previous wind advisory and affects the North Bay mountains, East Bay hills and East Bay valleys from 11 p.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. Tuesday, the weather service said.

The warning is also in effect for the Santa Cruz Mountains from 2 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Tuesday. For the mountains of San Benito and Monterey counties, the warning is in effect from 5 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

In the North Bay coastal ranges of Sonoma and Marin counties, peak winds were expected Sunday night into Monday morning, with winds of 10-20 mph and gusts of 25-35 mph.

Meteorologist Kari Hall has an update on the fire danger and gusty winds in the Microclimate forecast.

The East Bay hills will see peak winds Sunday night through Monday, with gusts of 35-45 mph.

East Bay valleys are forecast for winds of 10-20 mph, with gusts of 25-35 mph. Peak winds were expected Sunday night into Monday afternoon.

The Santa Cruz Mountains will see gusts of 35-50 mph, with peak winds early Monday morning into Monday afternoon, forecasters said.

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