The winds will whip from the central Great Lakes to the central Appalachian mountains today, then the eastern Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic tonight. More of the Northeast will get buffeted by the winds on Saturday. Gusty winds, however, will not develop over northern New England until Saturday night.
The winds will gust strong enough to bring down trees and power lines. Power outages would result. Additional damage would ensue if the trees land on cars or other structures.
Drivers of high-profile vehicles are urged to use extreme caution. The winds threaten to overturn or steer semi-trucks off roadways. Drivers of smaller cars will even feel the winds tug on their vehicles.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski