, Port Arthur, Texas

April 19, 2011

Advisory for high winds issued; fire, driving caution urged

The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — A wind advisory, meaning that sustained winds of 20 to 34 mph are expected, has been issued for Southeast Texas from 11 a.m. Tuesday morning to 6 p.m. this evening.

South winds across the coastal counties and parishes along and south of the Interstate 10 corridor are expected to average around 20 mph this afternoon with gusts in excess of 30 mph at times, the National Weather Service advised. Winds will subside below advisory criteria by early evening.

Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Extra caution is urged. Winds over local waterways could be 5 mph higher than over land.

Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.

The winds also pose additional danger of fire getting out of control in the drought conditions prevalant over the area.