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Wind Advisory with gusts up to 55 MPH issued for Franklin, Patrick counties


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Strong winds are expected to begin late Tuesday night in Franklin and Patrick counties.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect from 11 PM Tuesday to 1 PM Wednesday EST, and stated the following:

A cold front will progress through the region late Tuesday night. This will usher in two shots of increasingly colder air on strong northwest winds. The first is expected to occur overnight Tuesday into Wednesday from the foothills of the Blue Ridge westward into southeast West Virginia. Another period of strong winds is expected for the southern Blue Ridge Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Winds: Northwest 15 to 25 MPH with gusts up to 55 MPH

  • Timing: Winds increase overnight Tuesday, strongest winds expected between 2 AM and noon Wednesday.

  • Impacts: Some downed trees and power lines possible. Difficult driving conditions for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

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. Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside.

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