Gusts Up to 60 mph Expected Today with Gale-Force Winds Across the Channel

The high winds that have been battering Santa Barbara County are expected to diminish later Friday, the National Weather Service said early Friday. Damaging gusts of up to 60 mph are possible in the meantime. The Montecito Fire Department recorded peak wind speeds of 63 mph at 7 a.m. Friday at the department’s remote weather station, which is located near Cold Springs Trail. The wind blew over a fence surrounding the Abbott Tennis Courts at Westmont College and Montecito streets were littered with broken tree limbs and palm fronds. more

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