Weather forecasters are warning the high wind gusts that dropped trees and caused power outages around Columbus this morning are expected to continue.
A strong cold front preceded by strong low-level jet winds is whipping across west central Georgia, bringing sustained winds of 15-25 mph and gusts of up to 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City.
Residents should be aware of the risks posed by such high winds, particularly drivers in tall vehicles like trucks and vans. Because the ground has been saturated by heavy rains, trees with loosened roots may topple.
About 9 a.m. today, Columbus had reports of power outages causing traffic problems in Midtown, including the Lakebottom Park area. Traffic lights were out at Edgewood Road and Hilton Avenue, and at Cherokee Avenue and 17th Street.
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Trees were reported down at the intersections of Garrett Road and Chattsworth Road, Old River Road and River Road and Reese Road and Reesewood Court.
Columbus still faces a chance of an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon, said forecaster Mike Leary, who expected the winds to die off at sunset. The low tonight’s to be in the upper 30s. The weather Friday’s to be clear and cool, with highs in the 40s. The low Friday night should be around 30 degrees, he said.
Saturday and Sunday should be dry and a little warmer, with highs in the mid- to upper 50s and lows around 40 degrees, Leary said.