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Posted at 9:00 PM ET, 02/24/2011

High wind warning from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday

By Jason Samenow

For second time this week, "hazardous" winds possible

The wind advisory - which had been issued for Friday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. - remains in effect between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.. However, for the period between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., the wind advisory has been upgraded to a high wind warning.

A high wind warning is basically a wind advisory on steroids. Whereas a wind advisory indicates the potential for wind gusts over 45 mph, a high wind warning means wind gusts of over 58 mph are possible.

To describe a high wind warning, the National Weather Service uses more extreme language - indicating "a hazardous wind event is expected" with gusts that can produce "property damage".

Be prepared for the possibility of downed tree limbs and power lines as well as power outages. Secure loose items outside or bring them indoors.

Last week, when a high wind warning was first issued for Saturday, I said I couldn't remember the last time a high wind warning was issued. Now we've had two in the same week. This is kind of unbelievable.

By Jason Samenow  | February 24, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
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I see there is also a caution for those operating "high profile vehicles." Be sure Kwame Brown knows.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | February 24, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

March is coming in like a February.

Posted by: rwalker66 | February 24, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Such a windy winter.
I hope March is calmer.
Extra caution while driving tomorrow.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | February 24, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

"Be prepared for the possibility of downed tree limbs and power lines as well as power outages. Secure loose items outside or bring them indoors."

Oh no...not again!

I think I must be having déjà vu...two high wind warnings in one week - - how is that possible??

Posted by: BobMiller2 | February 24, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Its like march, known for wind is early. Im securing the trashcans already

Posted by: pvogel88 | February 24, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to a "challenging" bike ride back home across the 14th street bridge tomorrow afternoon!

Posted by: pzkpfw | February 24, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Last year, winter was exciting! This year, all this glop just seems tedious. Bring on spring and the thunderstorm season!

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 24, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

With apologies to Walter, of course.

Posted by: weathergrrl | February 24, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

amazing how much wind we've had the last few months. I don't ever remember the NWS posting those "breezy" and "blustery" windmill icons as frequently as they have this winter.

Come July and August, though, we'll be wishing for the slightest breeze/air movement to provide some relief from the suffocating heat and humidity.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | February 24, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

If there is once again a chance of powerlines being brought down, with the danger of high voltage and the inconvenience of power outages, has it occurred to the electricity authorities that instead of repairing the lines and their poles, power lines buried under the roads are far less vulnerable? Of course it will cost a bit but it would be a one-off cost instead of recurring costs every time we get severe weather.

Posted by: davebutcher74googlemailcom | February 25, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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