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Dangerous Wind Storm Expected Friday

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The National Weather Service has issued an alert that hazardous high winds will hit the city beginning Friday.

With sustained winds 25 to 40mph and gusts up to 60mph, the storm conditions will be strong enough to toss debris into the air and pose a special danger to pedestrians below. Any debris knocked loose by winds can reach a significant speed as it falls to the ground, and is silent to anyone passing below. Be aware when walking near tall buildings or any construction sites. The Department of Buildings directs construction sites to secure all loose material, but strong winds coming from the north will upset debris from locations that normally aren't considered hazardous. In addition, any loose material that people have placed on roof decks or fire escapes may come crashing down to the street.

If debris does fall from above, a good option is to move toward the building, as most debris that can be picked up by wind will also be pushed away from the building by swirling winds as it falls. 🤕

For comparison, Superstorm Sandy had sustained winds of around 75 to 80mph.

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