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A wind advisory is in effect for parts of Riverside County from noon Thursday until 3 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

West winds from 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are expected in the Coachella Valley and mountain areas. Local gusts are expected to reach 70 mph.

The wind advisory is also in issued in the Apple and Lucerne valleys, and the San Gorgonio Pass.

The NWS says gusty winds can blow unsecured objects. Tree limbs can be blown down and power outages can result. Windy conditions can create reduced visibility in the deserts from blowing dust.

The NWS recommends using caution when driving, especially those in high-profile vehicles, and to secure outdoor objects.

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