Strong winds to increase fire danger across Inland Empire Monday

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Forecasters Friday, Oct. 23 are warning of strong Santa Ana winds throughout the Inland Empire on Monday, raising fire risks, on the heels of a minor rainstorm expected in the region over the weekend. The National Weather Service issued both a High Wind Watch and Fire Weather Watch, set to start at 2 a.m. Monday. The wind watch expires at 5 p.m. Monday, and the fire watch ends at 6 p.m. Tuesday. ``Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines,'' the NWS said. ``Widespread power outages are possible, and travel could be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.'' Forecasters said wind speeds are expected to range between 25 and 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph. Humidity levels are predicted to plummet into the single digits amid the offshore blast, increas
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