WIND WARNING: Santa, and Cornwall area, to get a blast this Christmas

WIND WARNING: Santa, and Cornwall area, to get a blast this Christmas
This tree was toppled during an extreme wind storm in 2019.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Just when you thought the weather this Christmas couldn’t get any worse, it’s about to.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning, with forecasts suggesting sustained winds of 70 km/h and gusts up to 90 km/h are possible beginning Christmas Eve and lasting as long as 24 hours.

The strong winds may cause damage, and residents are advised to keep an eye on their outdoor Christmas decorations.

Very strong and gusty southwesterly winds are expected to develop suddenly later tonight as a sharp cold front moves through.

The winds will slowly diminish somewhat on Christmas morning. Motorists travelling for the Christmas holidays should be prepared for difficult driving conditions, especially on highways exposed to very strong and gusty cross winds. These winds will also be strong enough to cause some tree damage, with local power outages possible.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds. Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds.

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