Northern Ohio will not escape the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Huron County and the surrounding areas that will be in effect from noon Monday through 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The warning means sustained winds of 40 mph or greater are expected to last an hour or more, with gusts of 55 to 60 mph possible.
Strong winds, combined with saturated ground, are expected to down trees and power lines and cause property damage. Roof and siding damage also is expected. Travel could be hazardous.
In preparation for the storm, area residents are advised to secure loose objects around the yard to prevent them from being blown away and causing property damage. Residents should stay inside and away from windows. They also should be prepared for trees blocking roadways and power outages.
Because of the storm, a flood watch remains in effect from late tonight through Tuesday evening for a large area that includes Huron and Erie counties.
Remnants of Hurricane Sandy will produce widespread moderate to locally heavy rain tonight through Tuesday evening. Lake effect conditions will also locally enhance the rainfall for areas just inland from the lake between Cleveland and Sandusky south to near Mansfield.
Low-lying areas and small streams could begin to experience flooding problems any time later tonight through Monday. Larger creeks and rivers may then start to have flooding problems as the moderate rain continues late Monday through Tuesday. Road closures due to the flooding will begin to impact travel and water rises in low-lying areas will begin to flood homes and businesses.
Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are expected, with local amounts of 4 to 5 inches possible in the higher terrain inland from the lake.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Area residents are encouraged to monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
The remnants of Hurricane Sandy are expected to move into western Pennsylvania on Tuesday, briefly stall, then move slowly north Wednesday and Thursday. The storm system is expected to bring with it strong, possibly damaging winds.
Significant moisture will be pushed into this area by the system leading to widespread moderate rains.