The difference in pressure between a intensifying low pressure system and a strengthening area of high pressure will set the stage for very windy weather in the northeast on Sunday and Monday; hurricane force wind gusts are possible. Due to the threat of damaging winds, the National Weather Service has issued High Wind Watches and Warnings for a large portion of the Great Lakes, Mid Atlantic, and Northeast areas.
The National Weather Service says winds will average 20-40mph in most areas with gusts up to 60mph. Winds in northern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania, and western Upstate New York could even be higher; in Buffalo, NY, the National Weather Service believes winds can gust to 75mph which is the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane force wind.
The potential for strong to damaging winds, which may blow down large tree limbs, trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Recent wet weather could also make the winds worse. The ground in the northeast is already quite saturated; with another 1-2″ of rain expected this weekend, the ground will even be more wet. As a result, it won’t take much wind to down trees and power lines in loose, saturated soil.
Before high winds impact, residents are urged to bring in any objects that may fly in the wind: garbage cans, decorations, patio furniture, garage sale or campaign signs, and childrens’ toys to name a few.
The worst winds should strike Sunday evening and again on Monday morning.