A wind advisory Wednesday warned of 40 to 50 mile-per-hour wind gusts. That’s easily strong enough to bring down trees, branches and debris. And that falling debris sometimes takes power lines down as well.
Downed trees were a risk on Wednesday across western Massachusetts but not only because of the strong winds.
The ground is also saturated from the record amount of rain we’ve seen, so trees are more easily uprooted.
But Eversource is prepared for when conditions favor possible power outages.
“Of course wind, especially when we’re going to get high gusts of wind, there is a potential for outages,” Priscilla Ress from Eversource explained to 22News. “So what we do is make sure that we have enough crews that we can position them where they are needed when they are needed.”
So Eversource always makes sure they have enough crews in the field ready to go on active weather days.
But the worst part of a windy day, for local residents, is the teeth-chattering chill it brings.
“It goes right through you, especially if there is no sun. It seems like it’s colder than it really is,” Gigi Ribeiro in Springfield told 22News.
And this won’t be the only day this week we deal with gusty winds.
Winds are supposed to calm down some Thursday, but they’ll still be strong enough to create a wind chill much cooler than it really is.