High wind warning Saturday, gusts to 60 mph
"Hazardous wind event", possible power outages
updated Saturday @ 12:20 p.m.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind warning for
most all of the metro region from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. (The far southeast suburbs in Stafford, Calvert, St. Mary's, and Charles counties are were under a wind advisory, for gusts to 55 mph, but were upgraded to the high wind warning early Saturday afternoon.) A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring.
* Winds will blow from the northwest at 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 60 mph.
* The strongest winds should occur between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
* Be prepared for power outages and down trees and large branches.
It recommends that:
* Loose objects on your property are secured or brought inside.
It concludes by warning "sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage."
While I can remember many wind advisories in recent years, I cannot recall the last high wind warning, which is a more extreme classification.
| February 18, 2011; 5:34 PM ET
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