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High winds expected in Whatcom County on Friday

John Stewart strings caution tape around his Eldridge Avenue property after a tree fell onto his house on Aug. 29, 2015 in Bellingham, Wash.
John Stewart strings caution tape around his Eldridge Avenue property after a tree fell onto his house on Aug. 29, 2015 in Bellingham, Wash. eabell@bhamherald.com

Southeast winds with gusts as strong as 60 mph are expected across Whatcom County on Friday, Feb. 5.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind warning in effect from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Winds will rise in the morning and are expected to peak in the late morning and afternoon hours before easing in the evening.

Winds that strong could blow down trees or tree limbs, knocking out power lines and blocking roads.

In addition, heavy rain, especially in the foothills and mountains, is expected to increase the risk of landslides.

If Friday is your trash or recycling pickup day, SSC has some recommendations to keep your items from blowing all over your neighborhood.

Garbage: Bag garbage and tie it tight before putting in a toter. That way if the toter blows over, trash does’t spread all over. Put a rock on toter lid to keep it down.

Recyclables: Don’t stack bins. Put a rock on top of newspapers and on top of mixed papers to prevent them from blowing around or place mixed paper in a paper bag, then lay the bag on its side in the mixed paper bin. Put glass containers on top of plastic ones as they are heavier and less likely to blow out. Or if you can, wait until your next pickup day to put out recycling.

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