Brace for high winds, weather service says

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of Western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and parts of northern West Virginia as a cold front and line of thunderstorms moves across the region tonight, part of a system that is wreaking havoc in the Midwest today.

Rich Kane, meteorologist in charge of the service's office in Moon, said the advisory for the Pittsburgh area and much of Western Pennsylvania will go into effect at midnight and last until 7 a.m.

The system could produce "widespread damaging wind gusts" as high as 50 mph and a few tornadoes.

"Downed trees and power lines are going to be an issue," said Mr. Kane, who advised residents to secure any loose objects around the home, such as trash cans and grills, and avoid parking under trees or traveling if possible.

The advisory includes Mercer, Venango, Forest, Lawrence, Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, Allegheny, Armstrong, Indiana, Washington, Greene, Westmoreland and Fayette counties.

The wicked weather is part of a large system pushing intense storms and tornadoes across the Midwest with parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio most at risk for tornadoes.

The Associated Press reported extensive damage from tornadoes in several communities in central Illinois.

First Published November 17, 2013 7:39 AM

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