The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Newport and the rest of the state, beginning at about 9 p.m. tonight and lasting through the evening till 8 a.m. Thursday.
Strong southwest winds of 20 - 30 mph with gusts of 50 - 60 mph will move into our area later this evening. In addition to the wind, 3/4 inch - 1 inch of rain is possible with this system and some localized flooding may occur.
Damage to trees, power lines and property is possible with winds at these speeds, according to the alert. Officials also caution people to secure outdoor objects to prevent them from being blown around during the evening.
The Newport Police Department posted on its Facebook page earlier, "Damaging winds could down tree limbs, trees, or power lines. Scattered power outages are expected."