Monday wind


High wind warning in effect as dangerous gusts pummel Tri-State

February 25, 2019 - 11:35 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A high wind warning is in effect for the entire Tri-State Monday as powerful winds continue to down trees and cause outages.

The high wind warning is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight and affects everywhere from northern New Jersey and the Hudson Valley to the city, Westchester and Long Island. 

Winds will continue to come in waves throughout the day, AccuWeather says, with gusts topping 65 mph at times. Gusts have been approaching 75 mph Upstate; hurricane strength winds were recorded at Niagara Falls this morning. 

AccuWeather says the winds will continue into the evening before dying off tonight, when temperatures will plummet into the low 20s ahead of a brisk and sunny Tuesday.

There were power outages across the Tri-State Monday affecting thousands of JCP&L, PSE&G, PSEG-LI and Con Edison customers. The most outages were in New Jersey, where more than 30,000 customers were without power. Thousands more were in the dark on Long Island.

Gov. Cuomo directed hundreds of National Guard members to help clear downed trees and branches from the winds.

In addition to downed trees and power outages, a plane from New Orleans landed at LaGuardia after hitting severe turbulence. Two passengers had to be taken to a hospital. 

The city Office of Emergency Management says the MTA has issued a soft-closure ban on all empty and tandem tractor-trailers until 10 p.m. Monday, and various Port Authority bridges were closed to some high-profile vehicles. 

1010 WINS' Glenn Schuck got caught in a squall on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. "I have not felt like this since Hurricane Sandy. This is something else," he said.

Utilities have been warning people to use caution in the dangerous weather. 

"We are preparing for high winds. We urge customers to stay safe and stay away from down wires," Con Edison wrote on Twitter. 

"Sustained high winds & wind gusts can down trees and power lines. STAY CLEAR of all downed lines!" JCP&L also warned.