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Gusty Winds Could Pose Issues In Region

Reported: Feb. 20, 2014 11:15 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 20, 2014 6:48 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gusty winds are forecast to start moving through the region late Thursday night and early Friday morning, creating the possibility of some power outages, wind damage and flooding.

Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Jim Barach said winds are predicted to start moving through Southern Ohio and Eastern Kentucky about 11 p.m. Thursday and could hit the Charleston area about 2 a.m. Charleston could see winds of 40 mph to 45 mph with some periods of heavy rain. Most areas will see about one-half inch of rain, while some areas could see about an inch of rainfall.

The strong winds could bring some trees down because the ground is unstable from previous freezing conditions and saturation.

Barach said the stormy conditions should be over by about 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Gusty winds could pose some issues overnight in the region.

Eyewitness News Meteorologist Doug Harlow said wind gusts of more than 40 mph are possible in the area between midnight and 6 a.m. Friday as a storm moves in from west to east. Some areas could see wind gusts of more than 50 mph.

When the storm rolls through, a brief period of heavy rain is expected that could cause some issues with high water, power outages and downed trees possible.

The storm issues are expected during a period of warm weather. Thursday's high was expected to be 70 degrees with a high of 53 forecast for Friday, 62 for Saturday and 54 for Sunday.

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