Red Flag Warnings Issued for Orange County

Wind gusts as high as 35 mph could hit Lake Forest Sunday night.

Red-flag warnings have been issued for parts of inland Orange County as gusty winds are expected to begin Sunday night, lasting through Tuesday. The National Weather Service said northeast to east winds combined with low humidity will create favorable conditions for wildfires.

Back in 1997 flooding was a bigger concern than wildfires, as a two-day storm beginning on Dec. 6 produced the heaviest rains in Orange County in 70 years. Ten inches of rain was recorded in Mission Viejo and more than four inches in Corona. Mud slides and coastal erosion were reported all over the county.

The National Weather Service forecast for Lake Forest:

Saturday afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 67. West wind around 5 mph.

Saturday night: Areas of fog after 10pm. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 49. Calm wind.

Sunday: Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.

Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 50. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 74. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morning.

Monday night: Clear, with a low around 50.


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