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York County under high wind warning, gusts up to 60 mph predicted

Staff and wire report
Flags blowing in the wind.

The National Weather Service at State College has issued a high wind warning for York County and much of central Pennsylvania until 1 p.m. Monday.

Winds from the west will reach 20 to 30 mph, the warning states, with gusts reaching 60 mph.

Forecasters predict the winds could bring down trees and cause power outages and structural damage. Conditions could make travel difficult for commercial vehicles or those with a high profile.

They recommend securing any loose outdoor objects, such as furniture, and having flashlights with extra batteries and a fully charged cellphone.

At about 7:25 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, Met-Ed's outage map was reporting 681 York County residents without power. 

More than two dozen of the county's municipalities were affected, but none of them had more than 100 people impacted.

Monaghan Township had the most affected residents at 92.

The expected restoration time for power in the affected municipalities is 4 p.m.

Thousands of utility customers remain without power in Pennsylvania as high winds continue to roar through the state, knocking down trees and power lines.

Across the state, about 144,200 customers were without power early Monday, according to the Associated Press. Most of the affected customers were expected to have their service restored by Monday night at the latest.

The National Weather Service notes that the ground saturated from previous rain and snow melt, trees and power lines are more susceptible to strong winds.

A speed of 61 mph was recorded at the Pittsburgh airport.

— York Dispatch staff writer Lindsey O'Laughlin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.