The National Weather Service in Pendleton has upgraded the High Wind Watch into a High Wind Warning in effect Sunday afternoon into Monday morning for a large area, including the Tri-Cities.

The NWS upgraded the High Wind Watch to a High Wind Warning for the following counties: Benton, Columbia, Franklin,...

Posted by Walla Walla County Emergency Management on Saturday, March 27, 2021

These strong winds will have the potential to blow down trees and power lines.


Power outages are possible, and travel may be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles. If you plan to drive in the high winds, keep both hands on the steering wheel and slow down. Watch for objects that may blow into your path, and keep a safe distance away from other vehicles on the road. If you feel the need to pull over for safety, then do so. Pull over to the shoulder of the road and stop. Make sure you are not near any trees or structures that could fall onto your vehicle. Turn on your hazard lights and wait till the wind dies down to continue traveling.

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When walking your dogs in the wind, keep them on a leash and take them inside, if you feel their safety is compromised.

Chris J Ratcliffe

Being from the Midwest, I've seen a tornado or two, which is why I have to share a clip from the movie, Twister.

Seriously, secure any loose outdoor items...garbage cans, the trampoline, recyclable bins, etc.

Stay safe.

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