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Weather Service Issues High Wind Watch Monday Night Through Thursday

The watch warns that strong winds may blow down limbs, trees and power lines, with the potential for scattered power outages

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The north wind is coming and it's going to keep blowing for several days.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind watch early Monday morning that is in effect from midnight Monday through 10 am. Thursday for the entire Bay Area, excluding Santa Clara Valley.

North winds are expected in the mountains from 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts of 45-60 mph, perhaps stronger in the interior mountains of the North Bay.

For the valleys and coastal areas, north winds should be between 15-25 mph with gusts of 30-45 mph.

“As we progress through today, the National Weather Service is forecasting winds as high as 70 mph or even higher on some of the East Bay Hills here and the Northbay as well,” said Steve Hill of the Contra Costa County Fire District.

While things are still pretty green across the Bay Area firefighters are asking folks to be aware. Fire danger may be low, but strong winds could still cause plenty of damage.

“That’s very powerful and definitely has the ability to send a brief flying, for branches to break, and for trees to get knocked over from the powerful winds,” said Tamar Sarkissian of PG&E.

PG&E said they’re bringing in extra crews to the areas they expect to be impacted the most. There aren’t any planned power shut offs, but they expect the wind to cause outages

“So you’re going to see a lot of blue trucks through the night to make sure customers are restored safely and as quickly as possible,” said Sarkissian.

Driving should be difficult for high profile vehicles and those pulling trailers.

For more information about local weather, see weather.gov/bayarea.

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