National Weather Service issues ‘High Wind Warning’ for Buncombe County

Here’s the alert from the National Weather Service:

High Wind Warning
Alert:

…STRONG WINDS EXPECTED ACROSS THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND
NORTHEAST GEORGIA TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…

.A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE RAPIDLY THROUGH THE AREA FROM THE WEST
THIS EVENING. BREEZY TO WINDY CONDITIONS JUST AHEAD OF THE
PASSING FRONT WILL BECOME VERY WINDY JUST BEHIND IT AS COLDER AIR
SPILLS INTO THE REGION. THE WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN
FRIDAY INTO FRIDAY NIGHT AS INTENSE LOW PRESSURE MOVES FROM THE
GREAT LAKES TO NEW ENGLAND AND STRENGTHENS THE NORTHWEST FLOW
INTO THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR
WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS OVER A LARGE PART OF THE MOUNTAINS AND
IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT FOOTHILLS…WITH ISOLATED WIND DAMAGE
POSSIBLE OUT ACROSS THE PIEDMONT OF THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND
NORTHEAST GEORGIA.

…HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO
NOON EST SATURDAY…

* LOCATIONS…THE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MOUNTAINS OF NORTH
CAROLINA AND ADJACENT NORTH CAROLINA FOOTHILLS.

* HAZARDS…DAMAGING WINDS.

* TIMING…STRONG WINDS WILL BEGIN TONIGHT JUST BEHIND A PASSING
COLD FRONT. THE WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN THROUGH FRIDAY…WITH
THE GREATEST THREAT OF DAMAGING WINDS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND
FRIDAY NIGHT. THE WINDS WILL SLOWLY ABATE ON SATURDAY.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 TO 70 MPH AT
TIMES.

* IMPACTS…NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES MAY BE KNOCKED
DOWN…POSSIBLY RESULTING IN WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES. MINOR
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE. DRIVING MAY BE
DIFFICULT AND UNSECURED OBJECTS WILL BE BLOWN ABOUT.

Instructions: A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE. PLEASE REPORT DAMAGING WINDS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE…1…800…2 6 7…8 1 0 1. LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH YOUR OBSERVATION AND THE ADDRESS WHERE IT OCCURRED.

Target Area:
Avery
Buncombe
Burke Mountains
Caldwell Mountains
Eastern McDowell
Eastern Polk
Greater Burke
Greater Caldwell
Greater Rutherford
Haywood
Henderson
Madison
McDowell Mountains
Mitchell
Northern Jackson
Polk Mountains
Rutherford Mountains
Southern Jackson
Transylvania
Yancey


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