Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour Wednesday night could bring down trees and power lines and cause scattered blackouts, warns the National Weather Service.
A high wind warning was issued today by the NWS's Taunton for eastern Massachusetts, including Plymouth, because the south-southwest winds at 20-30 mph could gust to 50 mph. The strongest winds are expected between 2 and 9 a.m. Thursday.
A high wind warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour, with custs of 58 mph or greater at any time. The strong winds could bring down trees and power lines as well as cause property damage, and power outages are likely. The NWS encourages residents to secure any loose outdoor object because unsecured objects could be damaged or become airborne. Flying objects could become hazards for motorists and pedestrians as well as structures.
People should stay inside and away from windows.
Here's the weather report for Plymouth:
- Wednesday afternoon: A slight chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
- Tonight: A chance of showers before 4am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 4am and 5am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5am. Areas of fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 54. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 21 to 26 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
- Thursday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 9am, then a chance of showers between 9am and 10am. Patchy fog before 9am. Temperature falling to around 40 by 5pm. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
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