Severe winds are forecast to blow through portions of the Great Lakes and Mid Atlantic regions, prompting the National Weather Service to issue Wind Advisories and High Wind Watches. Winds could be strong enough to blow away holiday decorations among other things; as such, people in the forecast impact zone are encouraged to spend time today securing things that are outside of their homes.
The worst of the winds are forecast to strike tomorrow from west to east.
In portions of Michigan, the High Wind Watch is in effect from Saturday morning to Saturday evening. West winds of 25-35 mph with gusts of 50-60 mph are possible. Damaging winds could blow down trees and powerlines and the National Weather Service warns widespread power outages are possible there.
East in portions of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, south winds of 15-25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are expected; those winds will abruptly shift northwest behind a cold front passage Saturday evening. While not as strong as the forecast winds in Michigan, wind gusts here could blow around unsecured objects; tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages are possible.
Throughout the area, the National Weather Service urges people to secure any outdoor holiday decorations.