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New Mexico, Southwest Chaves County

High Wind Watch

Statement as of 3:10 PM MDT on April 24, 2014

Expires 11:00 PM EDT on April 26, 2014


... High wind watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through
Saturday evening...

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a high
wind watch... which is in effect from Saturday afternoon through
Saturday evening.

* Location... central and south Central Highlands... south central
mountains... eastern Lincoln and southwest Chaves counties.

* Winds... southwest 35 to 45 mph with occasional gusts to 60 mph.

* Timing... winds increasing Saturday afternoon and peaking early
evening before decreasing back below warning criteria.

* Visibility... areas of blowing dust are likely with the potential
for significant visibility limitations.

* Local impacts... drivers of vans... campers... trailers... and other
high-profile vehicles should be prepared for these potentially
dangerous high winds... especially on northwest to southeast
oriented roads. Areas of blowing dust may be accompanied by
significant reductions in visibility... making travel near-
impossible. High winds can topple trees... blow weakened roofs
off houses... and down power lines.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Remember... a high wind watch means conditions are favorable for
a potentially damaging high wind event in and close to the watch
area. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph
or more can lead to property damage. Monitor the latest forecasts
at weather.Gov/abq... listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your
favorite media outlet.




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