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Damaging Winds, Severe Storms Threaten in Rare December Weather

High winds will be threatening eastern Iowa Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a rare High Wind Warning for all of the KMCH listening area – Delaware, Dubuque, Buchanan, Jones, Linn, Clayton and Fayette counties.

Delaware County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ryan says wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour are possible during the late evening hours. The National Weather Service says these potentially damaging winds could lead to downed trees and power lines. Ryan says it would probably be a good idea to secure loose objects, holiday decorations or anything else you want to protect.

Severe storms are also a potential over the next few hours, with the National Weather Service also issuing a Tornado Watch for eastern Iowa until 11 pm Wednesday.

The big story on Wednesday was the warm weather – record highs were shattered today, with Manchester hitting 70 degrees. It’s unusual weather with Christmas just ten days away – normally by this time of year, we’ve already had about six inches of snow on the ground. But not this year.

Temperatures will fall back into the 30’s on Thursday and into this weekend.

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