Strong winds blow into central, southeast Washington
CENTRAL WASHINGTON - A cold front blowing into central and southeastern Washington has caused a wind advisory.
National Weather Service (NWS) officials out of Pendleton said wind will increase throughout the valleys of Kittitas and Yakima as well as the Lower Columbia Basin on the afternoon of October 17.
The wind advisory will be in affect from noon until 8 p.m. for the cities of Naches, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Connell, Prosser and Tri-Cities.
Weather leaders said the strongest winds could reach up to 35 miles per hour with gusts of 45 miles per hour, likely to hit between 1 and 7 p.m.
NWS officials ask that residents secure items outside of their home as gusts could blow items around that are left unattended.
Strong winds also make driving difficult, especially for high rising vehicles such as semi trucks, and drivers are asked to use extra caution.