UPDATE Sunday 9:43am – The High Wind Watch is now a High Wind Warning from 4pm today until 1pm Monday. According to the National Weather Service, “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 are likely to cause power outages…fallen trees…property damage…and dangerous driving conditions for high profile vehicles. Move unfastened items…such as garbage cans and deck furniture…indoors.”
Wind gusts up to 60 mph will once again be possible in the High Country again starting on Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch from Sunday afternoon into Monday. The strongest winds will be likely later Sunday night, according to the Watch notice.
This latest watch comes on the heels of another watch, which was later replaced by a High Wind Warning, this past Thursday when a peak gust of 58 mph was recorded at Watauga Medical Center.
As always with high winds, residents and visitors in the area are reminded that power outages could occur due to trees or tree limbs being blown down onto power lines. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph…or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.