Blustery Monday: wind gusts over 40 mph through this afternoon

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The rain has moved out, but now we’ve got strong winds blowing behind all of the stormy weather. Huntsville International recorded 5.30″ of rain since Friday; flooded streets and roads will improve today – especially with this strong wind. A Wind Advisory is in effect through 6 PM today. Expect wind gusts as high as 40 miles per hour.

Need some specifics about the rest of the week or the weekend? They’re always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

Here’s the advisory from the NWS:

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
322 AM CST MON JAN 23 2017
LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-FRANKLIN AL-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-MADISON-MORGAN-
MARSHALL-JACKSON-DE KALB-CULLMAN-MOORE-LINCOLN-FRANKLIN TN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF FLORENCE, MUSCLE SHOALS, SHEFFIELD,
TUSCUMBIA, RUSSELLVILLE, RED BAY, MOULTON, TOWN CREEK, ATHENS,
HUNTSVILLE, DECATUR, ALBERTVILLE, BOAZ, GUNTERSVILLE, ARAB,
SCOTTSBORO, FORT PAYNE, RAINSVILLE, CULLMAN, LYNCHBURG,
FAYETTEVILLE, WINCHESTER, SEWANEE, DECHERD, ESTILL SPRINGS,
AND COWAN
322 AM CST MON JAN 23 2017

…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING…

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED…ALL OF NORTH ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE THROUGH 6 PM CST THIS EVENING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST WINDS AROUND 25 MPH WITH GUSTS BETWEEN 35 AND
40 MPH.

* IMPACTS…WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL BLOW AROUND UNSECURED
LAWN ITEMS…AND MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT FOR HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST
25 MPH…OR GUSTS OF AT LEAST 35 MPH…ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE
AFFECTED AREA. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…
ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION. IN
ADDITION…ENSURE ALL LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS REMAIN SECURE…
INCLUDING PATIO FURNITURE AND TRASH CANS.