Winds in excess of 60-miles per hour could be troublesome for some local area residents. The warning comes from the National Weather Service as the effects of Hurricane Sandy are felt in the Great Lakes area . Winds are expected to steadily increase and persist as long as Tuesday afternoon before returning to normal. The strongest winds in this region are expected to be along the Lake Huron coast line and the warning includes Huron, Sanilac, and St. Clair counties. The north winds could clock up to 65 miles per hour. Damage to trees, power lines, and small structures are all possible according to the weather service. As of early Monday morning a couple thousand were already off the grid in portions of Saint Clair County. The wind caused outages were in an area between Lexington and North Street according to DTE Energy’s Scott Simons. In addition Keewahdin Elementary lost power sending students there home early during the noon hour. Forecaster Rich Pollman with the National Weather Service says much of the rain last night and early this morning was actually from a frontal system now mixing with the hurricane. The National Weather Service defines a High Wind Warning as being a hazardous high wind event with up to 55-mile per hour or more gusts that can lead to property damage. The weather service has also issued a lake shore flood advisory until 8 p.m. Tusday evening. Officials suggest residents keep in mind where to find information on emergencies such as bereadystclaircounty.org.
Lake Huron waves along the shore in Port Huron were kicking up by early afternoon: