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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Wind Advisory and a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Friday afternoon through midnight. The Fire Weather Warning is no longer active, however, they warned that high winds and low relative humidity may pose an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires on Saturday.
This afternoons weather includes high winds which could bring down trees and overhead utility lines. Any downed utility line should be considered "live" or "energized" and avoided. If you see a downed line call 911.
There is a potential for afternoon thunderstorms as well. Citizens and residents should take all precautions to stay safe.
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Stay Ready by having your home emergency kit prepared and ready to use.
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FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 353 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2012 353 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2012 ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT. * TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING. * WINDS...SOUTHWEST LATE THIS AFTERNOON 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP 55 MPH... BECOMING WEST THIS EVENING. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND GUSTS OVER 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 513 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2012 513 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2012 THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT A GALE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE WATERS THROUGH TONIGHT. A STORM WARNING MAY BE NEEDED FOR PORTIONS OF THE WATERS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON. THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND HAIL. THE BEST CHANCE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE ALONG AND EAST OF THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR. A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING FOR THE OUTLOOK AREA. PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST HAZARD MESSAGE /NPWLWX/ FOR FURTHER DETAILS. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY A WIND ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED FOR PORTIONS OF THE AREA SATURDAY. GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY MAY POSE AN ENHANCED THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES SATURDAY. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT... SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE NEEDED THIS AFTERNOON.