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High winds affecting holiday weekend drivers and boaters

The National Weather is warning of high winds continuing into Memorial Day, affecting travelers on the road and sea.

Though the agency canceled a gale warning, a small-craft advisory remains in effect through 3 a.m. Monday for the waters between Point Piedras Blancas north of Cambria to Point Arguello in northern Santa Barbara County.

A small-craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots are expected to make wave conditions hazardous to small vessels.

Inexperienced mariners, especially those in smaller boats, should avoid the waters during these conditions, the agency warns.

Forecasters expect northwest winds 15 to 25 knots, with local gusts to 30 knots, diminishing late tonight.

They expect steep sees between 10 to 13 feet with a dominant period of 10 seconds to continue tonight.

Meanwhile, the agency has issued wind advisory for Santa Barbara County, warning drivers of higher-profile vehicles heading to Southern California to avoid high speeds — especially along Highways 101 and 154.

A wind advisory means that winds of 35 mph or faster are expected.

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