Ferocious winds briefly power closure of Ontario Airport

Intense winds buffeting Southern California sparked no less than one wildfire and led to the closure of Ontario Worldwide Airport for over an hour Monday.

The San Bernardino County airport introduced the closure on Twitter simply earlier than midday Monday. Shortly after 1 p.m., all however one runway had reopened, in accordance with airport spokesman Steve Lambert.

Departures and arrivals have been briefly canceled, delayed or redirected due to the winds, Lambert stated.

Dan Gregoria, meteorologist for the Nationwide Climate Service in San Diego, stated gusts on the airport on Monday had clocked in as excessive as 70 mph and have been unlikely to dissipate for a number of hours.

“By the remainder of the afternoon,” Gregoria stated, “there’s potential for wind gusts of 50 and even as much as 70 mph.”

Individuals can examine Ontario Worldwide Airport’s flight information for the newest flight updates.

The fierce winds stay a number of the strongest of the season, however wind-related closures are pretty unusual at Ontario, Lambert stated.

“You could get a state of affairs a number of occasions a 12 months the place they’ll briefly shut down,” he stated, however Monday’s winds have been “some fairly heavy-duty winds.”

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