WRMJ spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist David Cousins Wednesday morning.
Official Statement From National Weather Service Quad Cities:
HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO
6 AM CST THURSDAY.
* WHAT…Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph
expected. Stronger gusts are possible with showers and storms
* WHERE…Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Carroll, Whiteside, Henry IL,
Bureau, Putnam and Mercer Counties.
* WHEN…From 6 PM Today to 6 AM CST Thursday.
* IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be
difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Any fires
that start could spread rapidly.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The strongest wind gusts are likely to
occur Wednesday evening and night.
People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around
trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of
your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if
you must drive.