High wind watch forecasts 60 mph gusts; Southern Utah

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Update 3:03 p.m. — The high wind watch issued by the National Weather Service has been updated to be a high wind warning in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or is occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Vehicles, especially high profile vehicles, can be difficult to control at times in high winds. Motorists should take extra caution, especially while crossing bridges, overpasses and unsheltered areas.

ST. GEORGE — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a “High Wind Watch” for Washington, Iron, Beaver and Millard counties Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Affected area

West central and southwest Utah along with the Sevier and Sanpete valleys; parts of Washington, Iron, Beaver and Millard counties. This includes the cities of Manti, Richfield, Delta, Fillmore, Beaver, Cedar City and Milford.

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Winds

Southwest 30 to 40 mph  with gusts of 60 mph possible.

Dots indicate the area affected by the "High Wind Watch" forecast for Monday in Southern Utah, issued Nov. 1, 2015 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge
Dots indicate the area affected by the “High Wind Watch” forecast for Monday in Southern Utah, issued Nov. 1, 2015 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

Timing

Developing Monday morning and lasting into Monday evening.

Impacts

Strong crosswinds are forecast for west-to-east routes including Interstate 70, Highway 50 and State Routes 21 and 56. HIgh-profile vehicles and those towing trailers will be especially impacted. Wind sensitive operations will be affected.

Precautionary preparedness actions

A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.

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