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Strong Winds, High Temperatures Through Thursday

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The strong winds caused a variety of problems in San Diego County.

A woman was injured when a tree was blown down and fell on her in Clairemont near Morena and Jutland Drive. The fire department says the woman suffered a leg injury and was rushed to a hospital.  Also in Clairemont, there was a report of a tree falling on a parked car. 

Trees being blown down on some streets caused traffic problems including a big back-up Wednesday getting into La Jolla because of some trees and branches on Torrey Pines Road.

SDG&E says the gusty winds caused a number of scattered power outages because of downed power lines. The outages affected several thousand customers Wednesday from Ramona to the South Bay.

In Santee, that brush fire that began Tuesday afternoon in the Carlton Hills area flared up again Wednesday morning. About a dozen homeowners evacuated but there were no reports of damage.

Firefighters were called out Wednesday to an area near SeaWorld after a small fire spread to some trees because of the winds. But it was quickly extinguished.

The strong gusty winds were expected to continue through Thursday afternoon in most of San Diego County. Record high temperatures also were set this week near the coast with highs in the low 90's at the downtown airport.

The National Weather Service Monday issued a High Wind Warning for the coastal slopes of the mountains and the inland valleys.  Forecasters say wind gusts of close to 70 miles per hour have been reported in the mountain areas through mountain passes. Strong winds were responsible for a truck that ended up on its side on I-8 near Crestwood which blocked the highway for a while Wednesday morning.

Meteorologist Jim Taeger with the National Weather Service told KOGO News that while a red flag fire warning was not issued in San Diego County, because last weekend's rain reduced the risk somewhat, there remains a higher fire danger. Cal Fire officials urge residents to be cautious about doing anything that could spark a fire.

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