Potentially damaging wind gusts late tonight through tomorrow morning

    A kite surfer off Sandy Hook earlier this week by Mary Dunham/Shore Shot Images.

    A kite surfer off Sandy Hook earlier this week by Mary Dunham/Shore Shot Images.

    A strong cold front will sweep through the region tonight, with robust winds quickly following, forecasters say.

    Winds will rapidly increase overnight, continuing through most of the daylight hours tomorrow, according to a High Wind Warning bulletin from the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ.

    Forecasters expect the winds — sustained out of the northwest at 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusting up to 60 miles per hour — to begin decreasing later in the afternoon tomorrow.

    It’s due to “intense winds above the surface combined with much colder air surging into the region,” the bulletin states.

    The public should prepare for hazardous impacts.

    “Downed trees and power lines, potentially resulting in power outages,” the bulletin warns. “Some damage is possible to building structures. Difficult driving conditions, especially for high profile vehicles on north-south roads due to cross winds, and also on bridges and other elevated roadways.”

    High temperatures will reach the middle 40s tomorrow, but it will feel cooler with the gusty winds.

    Photo: Shore Shot Images

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