The Wind Advisory has been allowed to expire for the Tennessee Valley, but we certainly experiencing strong winds as the cold front tracked through the region. Winds started increasing on Monday morning ahead of the front with the strongest winds impacting the area during the afternoon and early evening hours.
On average across the Tennessee Valley, wind gusts ranged from 30 to 45 mph. Isolated locations though, like Muscle Shoals and Huntsville exceeded 45 mph. Huntsville for example appeared to have the strongest wind gust on Wednesday recording a 57 mph wind gust.
The strong winds lead to power outages and downed power lines in Madison and Morgan counties. One area that saw a significant impact, during the evening commute, was downtown Huntsville. The strong winds caused a power outage impacting traffic lights near Governors driving causing major traffic delays.
In Decatur, strong winds caused a traffic light to be blown down leading to lanes on Spring road being blocked. While these winds for the start of the week were strong. The Weather Authority will be closely monitoring a more potent system that will arrive later this week.