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Thursday, February 22, 2007

From the National Weather Service

Severe Weather Alert
Wind Advisory

/O.NEW.KRAH.WI.Y.0001.070222T1629Z- 070223T0500Z/ FORSYTH-GUILFORD- ALAMANCE-DAVIDSON-RANDOLPH- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WINSTON-SALEM... GREENSBORO... HIGH POINT... BURLINGTON...LEXINGTON...ASHEBORO 1129 AM EST THU FEB 22 2007

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT.

SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE WEST AND NORTHWEST THROUGH THE AFTERNOON TODAY. WIND SPEEDS WILL INCREASE TO BETWEEN 20 AND 30 MPH... WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO BETWEEN 40 AND 45 MPH. WINDS WILL OCCASIONALLY GUST TO BETWEEN 45 AND 50 MPH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND GUSTS OVER 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED... WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 35 MPH. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. THESE WINDS CAN ALSO DOWN WEAKENED TREES... TREE LIMBS... AND MOVE LAWN FURNITURE. USE EXTRA CAUTION WHILE OUTDOORS OR WHILE DRIVING.

Someone, please define HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES, because all I'm picturing is pimped out low-riders, with metallic paint jobs, spinners and a lot of chrome, and I just can't see where the wind would be more dangerous to them.

Oh, and please pray my maple doesn't finally come down and kill us all.

OK, thanks.
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