(WKBN) – Early Saturday morning, high winds impacted the Valley, associated with a strong storm system that pushed into the Great Lakes region.
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport gusted to 39 MPH this morning around 6:00 a.m., but many locations experienced 40-50 MPH. Due to copious amounts of rainfall this past week, the saturated ground makes falling trees more likely.
As a result of the high winds, multiple trees fell this morning some of which damage homes and powerlines.
There have been several road closures. The Youngstown Street Department reported trees down on Bennington Avenue, Ridgewood Road and Glenmere Drive.
The strong winds also caused power outages across the Valley. As of 1:30 p.m., 400 are without power in Columbiana county, 400 in Mahoning county, 700 in Mercer county, and 400 in Trumbull county.
The wind is far from over on Saturday. In fact, many across the area could see stronger winds in the afternoon with gusts over 50 MPH possible. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for our area that is in effect until 8:00 p.m. tonight.
There is a threat for more severe weather this afternoon. The SPC has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire Valley until 8:00 p.m. tonight. The best chance for storms in our area will be between 2 and 4 p.m. this afternoon
Stay tuned to the Storm Team 27 weather alerts for more information.