Leaning power poles. Downed trees and branches. Tumbleweeds. Clouds of dust.
All are being reported throughout the Northern San Joaquin Valley as wind reaching 30 mph are blowing through the area.
The Modesto Fire Department received 22 calls in a 3 1/2-hour span beginning late this morning and into the afternoon, according to Battalion Chief Dan Hinshaw.
"We've had trees on vehicles, blocking roadways and into houses," he said.
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The fire department added staffing this morning to contend with the calls. There also have been scattered power outages reported.
Hinshaw said the volume of calls isn't as overwhelming as the storm two weeks ago, but that he knows "public works is swamped."
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the area and the foothills tonight until 11 o'clock.
Sustained winds of 20 mph to 30 mph are expected with gusts up to 50 mph.
The winds, and subsequent traffic hazards, are keeping the California Highway Patrol busy.
In Merced County, there was dust “like a fog” reported on Highway 140.
In Stanislaus County, power poles were leaning precariously on Highway 165 near the Merced County line and on West Keyes Road just north of Crows Landing Road, the CHP Web site reported.
There also was a “huge tumbleweed” in the northbound lane of Highway 99 near Turlock.
Valley air district officials also are cautioning those with breathing problems to take special care as the winds are causing an uptick in particulate matter.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a health cautionary statement through Tuesday evening.
Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections, officials said.
The winds are supposed to subside in the eastern part of the valley tonight, but remain strong on the west side, the weather service is reporting.
On Wednesday, the winds will still be strong, but not as much as today.