Philly’s in for Tropical-Storm-Force Wind Gusts Today

We could see 50 to 60 mph gusts – be careful out there.

We’re in for some wind, Philly.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the region until 6 p.m. tonight, with northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph – and some gusts hitting between 50 to 60 mph. 

Downed trees and power outages are likely throughout the day. Conditions are even worse in South Jersey, where a high wind warning has been issued.

Be careful to pay attention to your trash bags (if you put them out last night or tonight) and to any kind of lawn furniture, signs or tarps, which the Department of Licenses and Inspections recommends tying down.

“These winds can cause unsecured objects to become airborne and are powerful enough to cause isolated structural damage to buildings,” L&I Commissioner David Perri said in a statement issued last night.

According to the Inquirer, several thousand PECO customers were without power early this morning – though that number dropped to about 1,800 around 8 a.m., the newspaper reports.

If you’re traveling by train or plane today, pay attention to alerts from SEPTA and the Philadelphia International Airport, which warned of possible wind delays and flight cancellations earlier this morning.

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