Here's why it's so windy in North Texas today
Windy weather is in the forecast for the region, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour Thursday. Thousands in the area are experiencing power outages as a result of the wind.
Despite clear skies, North Texas saw windy weather Thursday after a recent storm system moved through the region. As the storm moved away, it left high and low pressure systems temporarily imbalanced, which led to gusty winds.
Monique Sellers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, recommends North Texans take extra caution while driving.
"Depending on the direction of the road and what way the wind is coming, that could cause some issues," Sellers said. "The biggest thing would be to slow down."
Thursday's Forecast: A Wind Advisory is in effect tomorrow from 6 AM to 7 PM. Expect northwest winds 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph. Secure loose outdoor objects! Elevated fire conditions exist for areas near and west of the I-35 corridor. #dfwwx #ctxwx #txwx pic.twitter.com/WewQgRIaRO— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) October 27, 2021
Oncor is reporting thousands of outages across North Texas. Dallas County is the most affected with more than 27,000 customers without power, while Tarrant County has 18,909 people without power. Find more information on their website.
A wind advisory is in effect for the region until 7 p.m. Fellers recommends securing any outdoor furniture, trash bins or decorations that could be blown around. She expects winds to dissipate by late Friday, with pleasant weather in store for the weekend.
Gusty winds are generating a lot of power in North Texas today. Winds 30-50 mph today provides approximately enough energy to power 21% of the homes in the DFW area or charge 1.9 billion smart phones. @NBCDFWWeather @ClimateCentral #NBCDFWWeather #climatechange pic.twitter.com/8EauadXfmP— Samantha Davies (@SDaviesNBC5) October 28, 2021
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