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High Astronomical Tides Could Cause Minor Flooding in Coastal San Diego County

Tides are expected to peak at 7.1 feet at 9:57 p.m., Friday.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Strong, gusty winds are expected in San Diego County's mountains and deserts today, and forecasters said high astronomical tides would cause some minor flooding in low-lying areas along the coast.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement advising that minor tidal overflow will be possible in areas such as beach parking lots and adjacent roadways is scheduled to be in effect through late tonight. Tides are expected to peak at 7.1 feet at 9:57 p.m.

A wind advisory is set to go into effect at 2 p.m. for the deserts and adjacent mountain slopes.

Forecasters said a fast moving upper level trough sweeping across Southern California today and Saturday morning would bring west winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour. Peak wind gusts of around 50 mph are expected this evening, according to the weather service.

The strongest winds are expected in the far southeastern reaches of the county. Travel may also be affected along stretches of Interstate 8, according to the NWS.

Visibility on desert roads could be reduced to less than a mile by blowing sand and dust. Motorists, especially those in high-profile vehicles, were advised to use caution.

—City News Service

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