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Strong Winds Causing Issues in the West

24 May 2017, 5:42 pm

Strong winds across the western U.S. will be causing issues in two different locations Wednesday evening into Thursday. The first area of concern will revolve around a disturbance moving across northern Nevada, which is causing gusty winds and low humidity across far southern Nevada and northwest Arizona.

Due to the low relative humidity, and strong winds gusting up to 40-mph at times, this combination poses a high fire danger.Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended in the areas placed under the red flag warning.

The second area of concern will be to the north in Montana. A strong low pressure system will continue to slide eastward along the Montana/Saskatchewan border Wednesday evening. This will cause winds to gusts up to 65-mph. These strong winds will easily blow around unsecured items, resulting in possible wind damage. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles along north-south roadways. Due to this high wind threat, a high wind warning has been issued for portions of Montana.

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.

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