CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A weather alert issued for Saturday in areas throughout the state has been upgraded to a High Wind Warning.
A Friday evening update from the City of Huntington indicates the change, which will reportedly be in effect from 8:00am to 6:00pm Saturday.
Southwest winds at 25 – 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour are anticipated to impact areas throughout the Western region of the State of West Virginia.
Widespread power outages are reportedly expected, as winds of this magnitude can cause substantial damage to trees and power poles among other things.
The most substantial winds are anticipated to occur from late Saturday morning to early Saturday afternoon, with regions of Kentucky and Ohio also expected to be impacted.
Those in areas in which these conditions are anticipated are encouraged to avoid forested areas and trees/branches altogether if at all possible.
The full release from the City of Huntington can be seen below.
“The National Weather Service in Charleston has upgraded tomorrow’s weather alert to a HIGH WIND WARNING, which will be in effect from 8 am to 6 pm.
WHAT: Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.
WHERE: Portions of northeast Kentucky, southeast Ohio and western West Virginia.
WHEN: From 8 am to 6 pm Saturday.
IMPACTS: Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: While winds will remain strong through the entire period of the warning, the highest winds are expected from late Saturday morning until early Saturday afternoon.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”