Wind Gusts of Up to 60 MPH Blowing Into New York

By Julie Shapiro on February 24, 2012 4:38pm 

A young boy enjoyed the wind in Lower Manhattan during Hurricane Irene Aug. 28, 2011.
A young boy enjoyed the wind in Lower Manhattan during Hurricane Irene Aug. 28, 2011.
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MANHATTAN — Hold on to your hats.

Winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour will blow into New York City starting late Friday night, forecasters said.

On Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning for the city from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. Forecasters predict steady westward winds ranging from 25 to 45 miles per hour, with stronger gusts.

"The strong winds will be capable of bringing down trees, large branches and power lines," the National Weather Service said in the warning. "Driving will be difficult, especially in high profile vehicles and on elevated roads and bridges."

The Department of Buildings advised contractors and property owners to take precautionary steps and secure loose objects before Friday night.

Friday afternoon's rain will taper off overnight, and Saturday will see a windy mix of clouds and sun with a high of 46 degrees, according to AccuWeather.com.

On Sunday the wind will die down and forecasters expect clear skies and a high of 42 degrees, according to AccuWeather.com.

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