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National Weather Service Issues High-Wind Warning for Washington County

Be careful: High winds and heavy rains are on their way, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning for the Washington County area—upgrading it from just a watch earlier.

The website indicates that the warning remains in effect until noon Tuesday.

Until then, winds of up to 25 to 35 mph are expected with gusts of up to 60 mph.

The strongest wind gusts are expected to happen late Monday into Tuesday morning, when they will being to diminish.

“High wind will bring down trees and power lines. Light-weight objects such as garbage cans, deck furniture and anything else should be secured,” the National Weather Service indicated on its website. “Use extreme caution while driving, especially when crossing bridges and overpasses.”

The NWS has also issued a flood watch for Washington County.

“Widespread heavy rains are expected to blanket the region over the next 36 hours, with potential rainfall amounts during the period ranging from 2.5 inches to 4.5 inches.”

The National Weather Service has also issued a flood warning for Allegheny County and surrounding areas.

The warning, which went into effect at 6 p.m. Monday, includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. The warning extends until 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service is warning that the flooding could hit small streams and urban areas.

For more information on the path of Hurricane Sandy continue to monitor Canon-McMillan Patch.

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