Local authorities are putting Inyo County residents and visitors on alert today about extremely high winds and the possibility of related power outages.
Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper said mid-morning Thursday that officials were notified by the National Weather Service that “extreme winds in the Owens Valley beginning around noon today.”
Peak winds are projected to arrive around 4 p.m. and are estimated to be sustained at 60 mph with gusts of up to 90 mph, she said.
While it’s anticipated that Bishop and the surrounding areas will be the focal point of these extreme winds, all areas of Inyo County should take extra precautions.
In wind events such as the one forecasted for this afternoon, power outages are a possibility.
“If traveling or outdoors use extreme caution for potential flying debris and downed power lines,” Roper said. “If you do observe any downed trees or power lines, please notify your local law enforcement agency.”
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