High Wind Warning issued: Power outages dropping across Tri-State

Published: Apr. 1, 2023 at 7:34 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Saturday is a First Alert Weather Day as strong, gusty winds are possible at times.

Around 3,000 people are still without power in the Tri-State as of 6 p.m., Duke Energy’s map shows. Reported outages spiked up to 14,000 around 11:45 a.m., which was a major increase from the 800 reported outages at 10 a.m.

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Duke Energy spokesperson Sally Thelen says the high winds could complicate power restoration.

“If winds are over 30 miles per hour, we’re not able to raise our bucket trucks,” Thelen said. “The buckets in the trucks are too dangerous to operate in winds like that. So, we’ll be out doing some assessments, things we can do safely in those conditions.”

The entire Tri-State is under a High Wind Warning until 8 p.m.

Wind gusts could reach between 55 and 60mph on Saturday, the FOX19 NOW First Alert Weather team says.

The First Alert Weather Day expires at 6 p.m.

In addition to high winds, the Tri-State will see cloudy skies and light rain at times Saturday afternoon.

Temperatures will drop from the 50s Saturday morning down to the 40s during the afternoon.

Sunday and Monday will be picture-perfect with plenty of sunshine and warmer weather. More storms are expected to arrive Tuesday.

Be sure to download our free FOX19 NOW First Alert Weather App. You can customize it and receive weather alerts and storm warnings for your community.

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