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Wind storm will batter New England and could take down trees, power lines

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 2/25/2019 By Peter Bailey-Wells
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Winds that began to pick up speed late Sunday will whip across New England all day Monday, threatening trees and power lines and making travel difficult around the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for all of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, along with counties in southern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. tonight, and forecasters expect steady winds between 20 and 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles an hour in the Boston area.

The fast-moving air could bring scattered snow showers to the region this morning, forecasters said.

The weather service expects winds to ramp up through the morning and peak in the middle of the afternoon.

“Damage to trees, power lines, and property are possible with winds of this magnitude,” forecasters wrote early Monday. “Take action to secure loose outdoor objects.”

Areas of Central and Western Massachusetts, along with parts of Connecticut could get slightly higher winds, with gusts possible up to 65 miles per hour, the weather service said. Forecasters warned that many vehicles, especially those with a high profile, may have trouble on the roads Monday.

Temperatures around the region aren’t expected to creep out of the mid-30s Monday, forecasters wrote, and wind chill could make it feel closer to 20 degrees.

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