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Gusts elicit wind advisory in Antelope Valley

May 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Strong gusts ripped through Palmdale and Lancaster, triggering a wind advisory for the Antelope Valley. The blustering conditions may cause hazardous driving conditions. "It was too cold and a little too windy and it all came about too fast," said Palmdale resident William Brown. "I didn't too much care for all of that. I liked yesterday. It was a whole lot better."

From the high desert to the coast, strong winds made their presence known.

"I was coming down the 14 and literally, my car was shifting left and right. I had both hands on the steering wheel. It was pretty aggressive," said Palmdale resident Jovani Rioja.

The National Weather Service has issued a warning for gale force winds for Santa Monica Bay and the waters off the Orange County coast.

"After we saw winds picking up on the beach, we decided to go pick up a few kites. I didn't realize there were gale force winds coming in," said Nick Matzorkis, who said that his family had to give up on the kites because the strong winds kept blowing them to the ground.

A wind advisory was issued for Los Angeles County beaches, where gusts could reach up to 40 miles per hour. The advisory is slated to be in effect until 11 a.m. Monday.

Water lovers in Santa Monica faced choppy surf and strong rip currents. The dangerous conditions are expected to last through Tuesday at several L.A. County beaches.

Those outside say that they certainly have noticed the winds have started to blow.

"I think it's pretty windy. It doesn't bother me too much. I mean, it's kind of cold for this time of year," said Natalie Coccia, who was braving the wind near the Santa Monica Pier.

The Antelope Valley is expected to get hit with fierce winds as well. The kicked-up dust and sand could reduce visibility for drivers.

"It's pretty bad out here. I had to pull off the side of the road," said Lancaster resident Charles Greer. "Actually, when I got out of the car, it almost knocked me over. It's really bad."

The Grapevine on Interstate 5 also expects to see potentially dangerous conditions, especially for drivers in high profile vehicles.


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