WASHINGTON — Winds will pick up and create more problems for areas that experienced an ice storm Tuesday. Ice is still covering trees & power lines. They are strained and stressed. The wind will add additional stress -- forcing many of them to the breaking point.
Ice Storm Totals
Significant freezing rain occurred in the mountains and in DC northern suburbs, with totals over a quarter of an inch. Tree limbs are sagging, breaking, and some power outages have been reported.
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Winds will Increase -- Power Outages Will Grow
Behind the last of the rain this evening, winds will pick up Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning. Ice is still covering trees & power lines and will not have time to fully melt.
Trees and power lines are strained and stressed. They already have 1/4 inch of ice on them. The wind will add additional stress -- forcing many of them to the breaking point.
We expect widespread tree damage and power outages in the mountains in West Virginia and western Maryland where the wind advisories and high wind warnings are in effect.
Some power outages and tree damage will also happen in northern and central Maryland where at least a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation occurred. Winds will not be quite as strong there, but gusts of 25 to 30 miles per hour and strained and stressed trees is a recipe for more damage and outages.
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