Powerful Bay Area Winds Could Cause Heightened Fire Risk Across The Region

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San Francisco Bay Area officials are warning residents of potentially dangerous and powerful winds coming to many local neighborhoods with Meteorologist Mike Nicco warning of the damages the phenomenon could cause.

“Winds are already gusting at Wind Advisory levels from SFO to Mt. Diablo. The fastest winds are still expected later today,” Nicco said. He said the powerful winds will spread across a larger area in the region but would mostly avoid the Santa Clara and East Bay valleys.

Powerful Winds

Officials put up a Wind Advisory that will be in effect from 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and last for 12 hours until 5:00 a.m. on Thursday.

“We could have gusts of up to 40 or 50 miles per four, which could bring down some tree limbs. Avoid parking under trees and power lines, secure outdoor objects, and be cautious crossing our bridges. You could get some nasty crosswinds that could push the car a little bit out of control,” Nicco said.

The meteorologist said it was okay for residents to be anxious about the strength of the winds. He said fire risk was much higher due to the situation and could quickly start a blaze and spread it across the region, ABC7 News reported.

“Starting at 2:00 p.m. until about 2:30 a.m. or 3:00 a.m., it will get very high across some of our peaks in the North Bay. But that’s only because of the wind speed. We don’t have the extremely dry air and we don’t have the super-hot temperatures. So, in that sense, this is going to be a heightened fire event, but it’s not going to be a dangerous one. That’s why there is no Fire Weather Watch or Red Flag Warning,” Nicco said.

Danielle Joyce Ong

Danielle is a local journalist with a passion for exploring stories related to crime and politics. When Danielle isn't busy writing or reading, she is usually exploring the great outdoors and all the hiking trails in the Bay.

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