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Wind topples large tree; weather advisory through Friday

By Frank Lewis

February 20, 2014

By Frank Lewis


flewis@civitasmedia.com


A large tree uprooted and came crashing down on three vehicles at the intersection of Scioto Trail and Kinney’s Lane in Portsmouth Thursday afternoon.


“I hope this isn’t just the beginning,” Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver said. “The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory through Friday evening.”


According to the NWS, the wind advisory is from 10 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. on Friday, and featured predictions of winds 15-25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour.


Wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour were forecast to occur immediately after a cold front was to move through the area overnight Thursday night into Friday. Winds were expected to diminish later in the night, but then increase again on Friday.


The NWS says scattered tree and power line damage was possible along with some minor property damage in the highest gusts. Carver said winds that strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.


A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31-39 miles per hour or gusts will range between 46 and 57 miles per hour. Winds of those magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until those winds subside.


Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.