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Winds up to 45 mph in forecast as storm front approaches today

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March 14, 2019 – Winter Storm Ulmer, which is devastating the central portion of the United States with blizzard conditions, is headed our way, but the primary hazard to southeast Tennessee will be high winds.

The National Weather Service (NWS) station in Morristown, Tenn., issued a Wind Advisory effective through 7 p. m. today calling for southerly winds 15-30 m.p.h., with gusts up to 45 m.p.h.

The advisory states:

Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down, and a few power outages may result.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 26 to 39 mph and/or gusts of 40 to 57 mph are expected or occurring. Winds this strong can make driving difficult...especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

The local weather forecast is calling for cloudy skies this morning, with thunderstorms developing this afternoon. A few storms may be severe.

The high today will be around 71 degrees, and the chance of rain is 80 percent.