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Here's why it's so windy in North Texas today

Clear weather, downtown Dallas
Solomon Wilson
North Texans face gusty winds after a recent storm moved through the region.

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."

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.

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Corrected: October 29, 2021 at 3:00 PM CDT
A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled Monique Sellers' last name "Fellers."
Solomon Wilson is KERA's Marjorie Welch Fitts Louis Fellow. He focuses on covering racial equity, women’s rights, socioeconomic disparities and other evolving issues of social justice in our community.