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Wind Advisory, Red Flag Warning In Effect Thursday

by Karen Goff — March 13, 2014 at 7:43 am 2 Comments

National_Weather_Service_logoHigh winds blew through Northern Virginia Wednesday night, bringing with it cold temperatures, power outages and other hazards.

What you need to know:

* A National Weather Service (NWS) wind advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m. A wind advisory means gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour are expected.

* 60 mile per hour winds were measured at Dulles International Airport overnight, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

* There are reports of several trees down in Reston.

* As of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, the traffic light at at Wiehle Avenue and Sunset Hills Road had blown down. Police are on the scene directing traffic.

* Fairfax County has issued a Red Flag Warning from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

* Dominion Virginia Power is reporting about 1,500 customers without power in Fairfax County as of 7:30 a.m.

Any wind damage in your neighborhood? Let us know. Send photos to [email protected].

  • krank

    It was dark when I left this morning so I couldn’t take a photo but a nice section of my split rail fence was knocked down last night. Nothing fell on it so that must have been some pretty strong winds to knock two of the posts out of the ground. I suppose we’ll need to get on fixing that this weekend since it is highly visible from a somewhat major thoroughfare.

  • scubadiver

    Cops weren’t directing traffic when I inched my way across. They were sitting in their cars, blocking the left-turn lanes. Out of the cold.

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