Friday, October 27, 2006

High Winds Predicted

Weather forecast:

Statement as of 4:23 PM EDT on October 27, 2006

Expires 6:00 AM EDT on October 28, 2006

... High Wind Warning in effect from 10 am to 6 PM EDT Saturday...
... Wind Advisory in effect from 6 PM EDT Saturday to 7 am EST Sunday...
... High wind watch in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday afternoon...

These are all in effect for eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Winds are expected to quickly increase from the south early Saturday morning... with sustained speeds possibly reaching 30 to 40 mph by noon. Wind gusts late Saturday morning into Saturday afternoon could reach 60 mph.

Winds will shift to southwest and diminish to 25 to 35 mph with gusts close to 45 mph... but will pick up again on Sunday. Blustery and possibly damaging west wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph could occur on Sunday... especially during the afternoon hours.

The combination of the wind... still partially leafed trees... and a wet ground due to heavy rainfall on Saturday will probably result in downed trees and power lines both Saturday and Sunday.

A High Wind Warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour... with gusts of 58 mph or greater at any time. Damage to trees... power lines... and property are possible with wind of this magnitude. Power outages are likely. Take action now to secure any loose outdoor objects.

A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph. Driving can also be difficult... especially for high profile vehicles.

A high wind watch means the potential exists for strong damaging winds to develop in the mentioned areas.


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