CLEVELAND — The National Weather Service has expanded the High Wind Warning that was in effect in the western part of Northeast Ohio to include counties west of I-71, including Cuyahoga and Lake counties.
A Wind Advisory remains in effect for counties east of I-71.
Both alerts are in effect through Wednesday night, with alerts in some counties expiring at 11 p.m., and others extending into Thursday morning. The High Wind Warnings in Cuyahoga and Lake counties are in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday.
Areas under the High Wind Warning should expect southwest winds blowing at 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph Wednesday evening, according to the NWS.
In Cuyahoga and Lake counties, winds will be stronger closer to the Lake Erie shoreline.
Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines, the NWS stated. Widespread power outages are expected, especially closer to Lake Erie.
The NWS warns that travel will be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.
The NWS advises that people should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.