Alarming Threat Message From the NWS Washington-Baltimore

Damaging winds are moving closer to the Washington region, and are likely to begin from west to east over the next few hours. The National Weather Service has released a rather dire special statement on the “high-impact” wind threat that echoes much of what we say below. Here are two key excerpts:
“High winds will continue to progress eastward towards the major metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington overnight. By daybreak, winds across the region will be from the northwest sustained at 30-40 mph, with gusts 60-70 mph. Isolated wind gusts could reach 80 mph, particularly at higher elevations west of the Interstate 95 corridor.”
“Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Pedestrians will face very hazardous conditions, and need to be aware of wind-borne projectiles. People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your homes during the windstorm, and avoid windows. If you use a portable generator, follow manufacturer`s instructions
and do not use inside homes, garages, or apartments.”
A few quick tips:
* Charge your portable devices NOW
* Do not park your car under a tree
* If you have vulnerable trees near your house that you know could fall, sleep in the lowest level overnight in an interior room, away from windows.
* Please read the overview discussion below and do not venture out in the morning if conditions appear dangerous.


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