First Alert: Strong winds for Wednesday

Published: Jan. 10, 2023 at 3:32 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2023 at 4:34 PM CST
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - We are in the wind field of a strong low pressure system today which is generating some powerful wind.

Fire Danger Outlook for 1/11/23
Fire Danger Outlook for 1/11/23(KFDA)

Sustained winds above 35 mph are likely with gusts over 60 mph possible. A High Wind Warning is in effect for the western half of the area with an area-wide Red Flag Warning.

Along with the potential for blowing dust, hazardous travel, and minor wind damage there is also an increasing threat of wildfires since we have been quite dry lately.

Watches and Warnings for 1/11/23
Watches and Warnings for 1/11/23(KFDA)

Folks are encouraged to plan accordingly:

Limiting travel if driving a high profile vehicle, securing loose outdoor items, and properly disposing of cigarettes.

Any activity that uses open flame or creates sparking should be rescheduled until the wind subsides Thursday.

Video also captured a semi truck that was knocked over by gusty winds.

Winds will begin to decrease this evening by 8pm and a much calmer outlook is expected for the overnight hours and Thursday.

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