Strong and damaging Santa Ana winds will continue through Thursday with peak wind gusts of 60 to 90 mph in the wind-prone mountain and foothill areas of Southern California, the National Weather Service said.
For San Diego coastal regions, the winds will be strongest between Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and San Diego Bay, with visibility reduced by blowing dust and sometimes difficult driving conditions.
A wind-buffeted tree fell onto a woman on a road in the Bay Ho area Wednesday, sending her to a hospital with minor injuries. The accident in the 4300 block of Jutland Drive was reported about 10:45 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
San Diego Gas & Electric reported outages affecting thousands of rural customers in scattered areas of East County, including parts of Ramona and along Interstate 8.
A big rig overturned in heavy winds on westbound Interstate 8 near Crestwood Boulevard at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.
After a brief lull in the winds on Wednesday evening, the weather service forecasts a final surge of strong winds developing into Thursday morning. Winds will then slowly weaken Thursday afternoon and evening.
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