Originally created 01/18/06

Battles with high winds likely to continue today



Yesterday's bad hair day should continue into today.

Windy conditions, which caused a couple of trees to fall in Columbia County and some minor power outages Tuesday, are expected to occur again today in the wake of a storm front that moved through the Augusta area late Tuesday.

"Even though the front (Tuesday) will have passed and the skies will be mostly sunny, we're still going to have breezy to windy conditions (today) just because of the pressure gradient between the low to our northeast and the high pressure to our southwest,'' said Dan Miller, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

He said a lake wind advisory would be issued for today.

"We're actually going to say 20 to 25 mph for (today), and a lake wind advisory for (today) may have to be upgraded to a general wind advisory," Mr. Miller said, adding that the wind should diminish by about 5 p.m. today.

Mr. Miller said a lake wind advisory is issued when winds are sustained at 15 to 25 mph for at least an hour. A general wind advisory is issued when wind speeds are sustained at 30 mph or higher for at least an hour.

On Tuesday, gusts were to blame for the felling of a decaying tree near a Martinez home and on some power lines, which cut power to two homes on Sweetbriar Drive..

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lolita Jackson reported only spotty power outages in the Augusta area as of Tuesday afternoon, with only 16 customers without lights.

The highest wind gust recorded in the Augusta area before the storm hit Tuesday was 35 mph at Bush Field, Mr. Miller said. Wind gusts, however, were expected to reach between 40 and 50 mph in some areas Tuesday night.

Mr. Miller said motorists and boaters should take great care on the road and the water.

Columbia County Bureau Staff Writer Valerie Rowell contributed to this article.

Reach Preston Sparks at 868-1222, ext. 115 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.