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NWS Issues High Wind Watch for Saturday

Tie down outdoor furniture and other items.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Saturday in Fairfax County.

High winds will begin Saturday morning with the strongest winds during the daylight hours. Wind gusts up to 60 mph will be possible.  

Watch out for downed trees and large limbs. Tie down outdoor furniture as well as other items outside homes and businesses. Bring in everything you can't strap down.

If you plan on driving Saturday, take care to keep both hands on the wheel and slow down. Watch for objects blowing across the roadway and into your path. Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane of travel. Take extra care in high-profile vehicles such as a truck, van, SUV, or when towing a trailer, as these are more prone to be pushed or even flipped by high wind gusts.  

If you are caught outside during high winds, take cover next to a building or under a secure shelter. Stand clear of roadways or train tracks as a gust may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Use handrails where available, and avoid elevated areas such as roofs.

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