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Rain wanes, wind intensifies in Southland

As the rain tapered off Monday, the next big concern is intensifying winds hitting Southern California.

October 25, 2010 12:57:38 AM PDT
High wind warnings and advisories are in effect for Southern California through Tuesday morning.Gusts between 30 and 60 miles per hour are sweeping through the valleys and local mountains.

Warning signs are posted along the grapevine on the 5 freeway Monday night, where the strong winds pose a real threat to high profile vehicles.

High-wind warnings were issued from noon until 6 p.m. in the L.A. and Ventura county mountains. Authorities said residents could expect gusts up to 60 miles an hour.

The roads were slick from overnight showers, and drivers were advised to be cautious and to drive slow.

A light drizzle continued to fall early Monday morning, but the rain cleared out around 7 a.m., but the big concern for many motorists is the wind.

Many truck drivers waited out the strong winds in Castaic before heading north on the 5 through the Grapevine. They were concerned about their rigs making it through.

"Right now, we don't have anything on our truck, and when it's empty, it just blows us all over the road, so it's sometimes hazardous," said truck driver Holly Duvall.

The gusts were expected to intensify along the I-5 corridor throughout Monday afternoon.