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High winds headed to Anchorage Hillside, Turnagain Arm

A strong windstorm is headed to the Anchorage area Sunday night, packing gusts of up to 50-60 mph at higher elevations and along Turnagain Arm, the National Weather Service said.

Winds were already being felt Sunday afternoon along the Seward Highway south of Anchorage, where gusts are expected to hit 60-70 mph, said Cynthia Kobold, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

Higher elevations of the Anchorage Hillside can expect to see winds this evening reaching 50-60 mph. Trees in full leaf are prone to falling and people should secure large items in their yards, the Weather Service advised.

Lower elevations in Anchorage will largely be spared from the strongest winds, with gusts expected to reach no more than 35 mph, Kobold said.

Winds will gradually taper off Monday.

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