Santa Ana Winds Force Closed Roads, and San Bernardino County Officials Call for Precautions

No emergency outages after Santa Ana winds prompted Southern California fire danger warnings. Santa Ana winds are forcing the cancellation of classes at the San Bernardino College of St. Bernardine near Los Banos, and…

Santa Ana Winds Force Closed Roads, and San Bernardino County Officials Call for Precautions

No emergency outages after Santa Ana winds prompted Southern California fire danger warnings.

Santa Ana winds are forcing the cancellation of classes at the San Bernardino College of St. Bernardine near Los Banos, and San Bernardino County officials are urging residents to take precautions ahead of the predicted high winds on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued two different weather watches and warnings for the county because of the wind.

In Santa Ana, the wind has caused the closure of the intersection of East and San Bernardino Avenues between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The winds are expected to be between 50 to 70 miles per hour in the Santa Ana area, and up to 120 miles per hour in the San Bernardino area,” said Capt. Jim Kossler in the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

“The San Bernardino County Department of Public Services has advised all persons of all ages and all roadways to have caution when approaching areas that are impacted by the storm.”

In San Bernardino, residents are asked to be especially cautious on the roads while the winds are expected to be strong.” There may be some minor delays in the county due to the storm,” said county spokesman Capt. Paul Johnson.

“The road closures will effect travel on both north and south county roads, and any residents who are not in a secure location will not be able to get to the hospital in time to be life savers,” Johnson said.

In addition to the Santa Ana and San Bernardino areas, authorities also warned residents in the San Bernardino National Forest, the Santa Monica Mountains and the Lake Woebegon area near Big Bear Lake to monitor the weather closely in advance of the winds Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for all of Ventura and Los Angeles counties due to the high winds.

A winter storm warning has been issued for the San Bernardino Mountains and all of San Bernardino and San Mateo counties.

High winds are also expected in the Los Angeles area, with gust

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