Blown Away: Hurricane Force Winds Are Taking Over Colorado
A high wind warning was issued by National Weather Service (NWS) on Wednesday (Dec. 15) due to the potential for hazardous conditions brought on by wind gusts that could reach 100 mph in some parts of Colorado.
The high wind warning is in effect from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Wednesday for several Colorado counties, including Larimer and Weld.
The National Weather Service says the bulk of these high wind gusts will hit between 9 a.m and 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, bringing in gusts of 55-70 mph, and even 80-100 mph in and near the foothills.
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High Winds, High Impact
The harsh winds impacting our area throughout much of the day have the potential to affect road conditions/travel and cause serious damage; according to the National Weather Service, potential impacts include, but are not limited to:
- broken tree limbs/fallen trees
- power outages
- property damage
- high fire danger
- blowing dust, resulting in low visibility
As such, weather officials suggest that you should avoid traveling today, if possible. To stay safe during these weather conditions, some other suggestions include:
- stay away from windows - avoid window washing/climbing ladders
- don't do any outdoor activity that could potentially ignite a spark
- avoid parking under/near trees
- move all outdoor furniture/decorations/loose objects indoors
While the biggest winds are expected to hit parts of Colorado as the day progresses, gusts were already nearing 70 mph over some areas (check out this wind report) as of 8:45 Wednesday morning.