Hold on to your Halloween decorations.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Tri-Cities through 6 p.m. Friday.
Outdoor objects may go flying as the wind gusts up to 48 mph in the Tri-Cities Thursday night and Friday. The weather service earlier had expected the worst of the wind to blow through Friday afternoon.
Winds should increase Thursday evening to sustained speeds of 28 to 33 mph, according to the weather service. Rain is likely, with between a tenth and quarter of on inch possible.
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Friday a southwest wind of 23 to 31 mph is forecast, but with continuing strong gusts. Winds should decrease to 10 to 15 mph after midnight.
The wind may be strong enough to uproot small trees laden with wet leaves, the weather service said.
Construction material, outdoor furniture, garbage cans and Halloween decorations will need to be secured if left outdoors. If they blow into power lines they could cause an outage.
The Benton and Franklin PUDs are reminding customers not to call 911 if they should lose power.
Although this storm may not cause a power outage, the PUDs recommend being prepared with fresh batteries for flashlights and keeping flashlights where they are easy to find in the dark.
Cell phones should be charged. Anyone with medical equipment that requires electricity should have a backup plan.
If power is lost, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Use surge protectors, and unplug appliances and electrical devices in an outage.
Stay clear of downed power lines because there is no way to tell if a line is energized or not.
Don’t even think of running a generator indoors or using an outdoor grill in a confined area. Carbon monoxide poisoning could result.