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Winds strong enough to cause ‘property damage’ expected near Boise Thursday

Fallen tree causes major damage to Boise home, leaving homeowner devastated

A silver maple tree fell into Diane Shelton's house around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, causing serious damage to the decades-old house. It's not yet clear what caused the tree to fall, though Boise arborists are working to learn more.
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A silver maple tree fell into Diane Shelton's house around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, causing serious damage to the decades-old house. It's not yet clear what caused the tree to fall, though Boise arborists are working to learn more.

Hold on to your hats, Idaho. Wind is coming.

The National Weather Service in Boise issued a High Wind Warning for Thursday, with winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of potentially 60 miles per hour expected. The winds “could cause minor property damage and hazardous travel conditions, especially for high-profile vehicles,” according to NWS Boise.

The warning is in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Winds are expected to be strongest south and east of Boise.

The wind is expected to start in the morning, with the strongest gusts occurring from late morning into the early afternoon. Property damage can occur when sustained wind speeds reach 40 miles per hour or gusts reach 58 miles her hour.

A High Wind Warning is issued when a “hazardous high wind is expected or occurring.” The National Weather Service usually issues one High Wind Warning per year, with the most recent coming on May 17, 2017, according to Elizabeth Padian of NWS Boise.

“I would not say it’s a rare thing, especially in spring and fall when we’re changing seasons,” Elizabeth Padian from NWS Boise said. “In general, drive more carefully. If you don’t have to go, don’t.”

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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