For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong, Berkeley Fire Department, (510) 981-5501


Berkeley, California (Tuesday, November 29, 2011) - Berkeley residents are being advised that the National Weather Service is forecasting a High Wind Warning, which is expected to be in effect from early Wednesday morning through Thursday evening. Winds are predicted to gust as high as 70 miles per hour, and can cause power outages and tear branches from trees.

“This high-wind warning is a good opportunity for residents to take precautions and be aware of the danger,” said Fire Chief Debra Pryor. “Residents should check their flashlights, batteries, and generators. They should also be aware that driving large or high-profile vehicles may be difficult, so please travel with a little extra caution.”

According to the National Weather Service’s Tuesday afternoon advisory: forecasting a High Wind Warning in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. The strongest winds will be in the hills of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the East Bay Hills, with gusts expected between 50 MPH and 70 MPH.  Sustained winds of 25 to 40 MPH are anticipated. 

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