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US Winds top a stunning 93 mph in Kincade fire zone, causing havoc across Sonoma County

19:50  27 october  2019
19:50  27 october  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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The Kincade fire burns in the hills above the vineyards of the Alexander Valley, near Geyserville, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The National Weather Service clocked a gust of 93 mph near Healdsburg, which is now threatened by the Kincade fire . The winds caused the fire in Sonoma County to

The winds caused the fire in Sonoma County to explode overnight, prompting evacuations in Santa Rosa and south to Bodega Bay. Temperatures are forecast to drop from midweek levels, which reached the 90s as the Kincade fire burned out of control on the northern edge of Sonoma County


SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Forecasters predicted historic winds.

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Winds top a stunning 93 mph in Kincade fire zone , causing havoc across Sonoma County . Fueled by powerful winds , the massive Kincade fire continued its southwest march across Sonoma County , burning winery properties and threatening to jump

And they didn’t exaggerate.

Northern California was being battered Sunday morning with extreme Diablo winds. The National Weather Service clocked a gust of 93 mph near Healdsburg, which is now threatened by the Kincade fire. The winds caused the fire in Sonoma County to explode overnight, prompting evacuations in Santa Rosa and south to Bodega Bay.

The Diablo winds came to Santa Rosa early Sunday. The whistles and flutters that announced their coming just past midnight quickly turned into long, angry howls and gusts that rattled buildings.

By 4 a.m., new evacuation orders and warnings came out for more of Santa Rosa, leaving large swaths of the city under threat. The area west of Charles M Schulz Sonoma County Airport was put under mandatory evacuation. Sutter Hospital nearby evacuated the night before. Now it was Kaiser‘s turn and ambulances snaked the lot loading patients.

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On October 27, wind gusts reached 96 miles (150 kilometers) per hour , which made the fire very difficult to stop. From October 26 to October 28, the fire grew by Los Angeles Times (2019, October 27) Winds top a stunning 96 mph in Kincade fire zone , causing havoc across Sonoma County .

The Kincade Fire ignited Wednesday night in Sonoma County , and burned 16,000 acres by Thursday night. It was fueled in part by high winds that had already prompted California electric utilities to intentionally cut power to thousands of residents. The blaze had claimed 49 structures by Thursday

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The duration of the extreme wind event, known in the Bay Area as Diablo winds, was forecast to be roughly 36 hours, from Saturday evening around 8 p.m. into Monday morning, with isolated gusts of 65 mph to 80 mph in the highest peaks in the North Bay.

Not only will winds be bad, but the air will be quite dry — relative humidity levels are forecast to fall between 15% and 30%; anything in the teens and 20s is really dry.

Temperatures are forecast to drop from midweek levels, which reached the 90s as the Kincade fire burned out of control on the northern edge of Sonoma County, destroying dozens of structures; in the North Bay, highs were forecast to fall into the 80s on Saturday and the 70s on Sunday, said weather service meteorologist Anna Schneider. But the falling temperatures won’t make much difference; the hot weather this week just dried out vegetation even more.

The Diablo winds coming to Northern California this weekend are meteorologically identical to the Santa Ana winds of Southern California. Both come from the northeast and are fueled by high-pressure air over Nevada and Utah seeking a path through the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges or Transverse Ranges to fill lower-pressure voids on the coast.

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‘Devil Winds’ Drive Southern California Fires .
The downsloping gusts that begin inland and blow toward the ocean in autumn and winter bring with them warmth and dread in equal measure. They howl through the canyons of Santa Monica and whip the palm trees that line the streets of Los Angeles, driving up dust and fraying nerves. The winds, known as the Santa Anas, loom large over the collective psyche of Southern California. They have also been the defining antagonist in this season of fire, a sinister reminder that wind has the power to provoke fear and present danger in an instant.

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