By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
1:12 PM AKDT, September 4, 2012
The National Weather Service expanded a high wind warning for Tuesday afternoon and evening to include Whittier, Seward, Girdwood and Moose Pass, with areas of Anchorage and Turnagain Arm possibly facing winds as fast as 100 mph.
The NWS warning for Anchorage, Eagle River and Indian was shifted to 6 p.m., two hours later than a Monday estimate, until 5 a.m. Wednesday. The warning for Portage Valley and Turnagain Arm will be in effect from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The southeast winds, expected to rapidly increase during the evening and peak at about midnight, are projected at 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph in east Anchorage and the lower Hillside. Velocities of 75 to 100 mph are estimated for the upper Hillside and areas along Turnagain Arm. Portage Valley winds are estimated at 45 to 60 mph, with gusts to 75 mph.
Channel 2 meteorologist Mitch Sego described the winds Monday as a product of two storm systems in the region, one leaving and the other arriving from the Pacific Ocean.
“Travel may be difficult,” the NWS wrote in its Tuesday high wind warning. “Trees may be blown over. Loose debris can be moved and damage property.”
Meteorologists urge people to store or secure items that might be blown around by the winds.
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