Another high wind warning in effect

Had enough wind last night?  Want more? Batten down and prepare for another wind advisory from the National Weather Service that goes into effect at 7 p.m. Wednesday and runs through noon Thursday.

What the NWS office in Blacksburg is posting:

 

  • Issuing Office: Roanoke/Blacksburg
    Source: National.Weather.Service

    1:41pm EST, Wed Dec 13

… WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST THURSDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST THURSDAY. * LOCATIONS… ALONG AND ADJACENT TO THE SOUTHERN BLUE RIDGE. * HAZARDS… STRONG WIND GUSTS. * WINDS… NORTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH. * TIMING… WINDS BECOME NORTHWESTERLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. STRONGEST WINDS OCCUR AFTER MIDNIGHT THROUGH MID-MORNING THURSDAY. NORTHWEST WINDS EASE BY NOON. * IMPACTS… TRAVELING WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR HIGHER PROFILE VEHICLES. SOME WEAKER OR DEAD TREES COULD BE UPROOTED, WITH LIMBS ALSO LIKELY TO BREAK. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES POSSIBLE. 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. &&

More Information

… STRONG GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS EXPECTED TONIGHT INTO MIDDAY THURSDAY… .A FAST-MOVING ALBERTA CLIPPER SYSTEM WILL PROGRESS ACROSS THE REGION AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE AND BECOME STRONG OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO THE MORNING HOURS ON THURSDAY. THESE WINDS MAY HAMPER TRAVELERS PASSING THROUGH THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS AND ON INTERSTATE 81 OVERNIGHT INTO THE MORNING, AS WELL AS PRODUCE MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE AND ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES. NORTHWEST WINDS EASE BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

During out 23 years in the National Capital Region around Washington, DC, Amy and I expected high winds.  Most of it came from the hot air emanating from the White House and Capitol.

But high winds are now a frequent nuisance and danger here along the Blue Ridge.  We’re lucky because we have an automatic whole-house generator that kicks in if wind or other problems down power lines or knock out the electricity in other ways but high winds and storms create problems for people who depend on electric-operated emergency equipment for health reasons.

If the power is down too long, homes without generators face loss of frozen food, heat, telephone service or additional problems.

Stay warm and safe.  It’s gonna get better…we hope.

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