|Event:||Special Weather Statement|
...A HIGH-IMPACT WINDSTORM CONTINUES FOR THE MID-ATLANTIC... At 6:00 PM, high winds continue across the region, with gusts commonly between 40 and 60 mph over land, and 40 to 60 knots over water. This is a prolonged, high-impact windstorm for the region, with many downed trees and power lines. The duration of the winds will add to the hazardous nature of this event. While gusts will slowly diminish in intensity this weekend, they will remain around 40 mph Saturday. This will hamper the repair of power lines and tree removal. Travel is dangerous on the roads, especially for high profile vehicles. Be aware of rapidly changing road conditions due to the potential of downed trees and power lines. This is especially true after nightfall as you may quickly come up on an unseen tree across the road. The waters remain exceptionally hazardous as well. Pedestrians will also face very hazardous conditions, and need to be aware of wind-borne projectiles. People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your homes during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Widespread power outages are occurring. If you use a portable generator, follow manufacturer`s instructions and do not operate it indoors or in your garage. Also, check on the safety and wellness of the elderly and physically challenged. A High Wind Warning is in effect for most of the area until 6 AM Saturday. This includes the greater metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington DC. A Storm Warning is in effect for the waters until 6 AM. The high winds are being created by an intense low pressure system offshore.
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