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NWS: High winds, strong rains to bear down on Hampton Roads Thursday

NWS: High winds, strong rains to bear down on Hampton Roads Thursday

While Hampton Roads shouldn’t expect any wintry weather, a rainstorm barreling toward the region could cause power outages and make the Thursday morning commute messy.

The National Weather Service at Wakefield has increased wind gust forecasts for Hampton Roads for winds as strong as 55 mph Thursday from 6 a.m. to noon, according to a National Weather Service news release.

“While we do not expect widespread severe wind, winds could be strong enough at times to cause some down trees and power outages,” National Weather Service Meteorologist-in-Charge Jeff Orrock wrote in an email.

The wind will combine with nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain and could cause downed...

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