COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. - At least one power outage was reported in Desert Hot Springs Monday morning as strong winds blew in the area.
An initial report listed the outage impacting 300 Southern California Edison customers. That number was rapidly downgraded to seven customers without service, two customers in North Palm Springs, five customers impacted in North Desert Hot Springs. Crews were analyzing the problems, and working to restore service.
A wind advisory will be in effect from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in the Coachella Valley.
Sustained 25 to 35 mile per hour northeast winds were expected Monday morning through Tuesday morning, with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Winds are expected to subside Monday afternoon.
The strongest gusts were expected below mountain passes and canyons.
Winds will weaken Tuesday and Wednesday, the NWS said.
Tips for Drivers During Strong Storms and Heavy Winds
- Anticipate gusts- Pay attention when driving through areas prone to strong winds or when weather reports forecast severe weather.
- Reduce speed and avoid using cruise control
- Firmly grip the steering wheel. Know your vehicle, light cars, vans and other “boxy” vehicles are more likely to be blown by strong gusts of wind.
- Increase space between your vehicle and other motorists, especially vans, recreational vehicles and cars pulling trailers which may be adversely affected by the wind.