Batten down the hatches: Weather Service says strong winds ahead

Prolonged period of strong winds expected.

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MANCHESTER, NH — A strong cold front will move through New England Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Behind this front strong west and northwest winds will develop and continue through Friday night and Saturday before diminishing, as high pressure arrives on Saturday night and Sunday.

A wind advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Winds: West 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

Timing: Winds will strengthen Friday afternoon and remain gusty through Saturday evening. The periods of strongest wind gusts are expected to be late Friday afternoon and again during the day on Saturday.

Impacts: Light outdoor objects may be thrown and downed tree branches are possible. Scattered power outages may occur.

Should you lose power, you should report the outage to your electric provider.

A wind advisory means that sustained winds of 30 to 39 mph or wind gusts 46 to 57 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

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