A wind advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m. Monday due to high winds, which knocked out power in some communities and may have caused damage to a couple buildings in Wheeling.
A wind advisory means that wind gusts greater than 45 miles per hour are expected. Wind this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, so extra caution should be used.
Power outages were reported early Monday morning in several counties in Ohio and West Virginia. While power was restored in some areas, others remain without electricity. As of 1 p.m. 1,200 customers are without power in Jefferson County, Ohio according to AEP Ohio. Four hundred and eighty-nine customers continue to be without power in Brooke County, according to MonPower and Appalachian Power is reporting 514 homes without electricity.
Weather may have also been the cause of damage to the former Wheeling-Pitt headquarters and the Stone Center in Wheeling. Authorities say debris fell from both buildings onto Market Street prompting police to restrict access to part of the roadway to motorists.
The National Weather Service is reporting winds, southwest at 20 to 25 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. 7News Meteorologist Brian Davis says residents and motorists can expect the period the strongest winds this afternoon.
Strong winds can down tree limbs and power lines, according to Brian, who went on to say moist soil makes it easier for trees to become up-rooted. He urges anyone venturing outside to use caution while driving.
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