NWS: 40 to 50 mph wind gusts at the shore Thursday morning; power outages possible

     8 a.m. wind gusts. (Image: Rutgers University's NJ Weather and Climate Network)

    8 a.m. wind gusts. (Image: Rutgers University's NJ Weather and Climate Network)

    Power outages are possible in coastal areas as winds increase Thursday morning, the National Weather Service advises. 

    “An intensifying storm near the Mid-Atlantic coast early this morning will track northeastward today,” a NWS Special Weather Statement states. “Ahead of this storm, strong northeasterly winds will continue to gust to between 40 and 50 mph. The highest gusts should be closer to the coast. These winds could bring down some tree limbs and power lines, resulting in some power outages.

    The strongest winds should begin to diminish later this morning, forecasters say. Power outages are also possible as snow becomes wetter, bringing down some tree limbs and power lines. 

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