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Wind gusts top 70 mph in Fairport Harbor during winter storm

The National Weather Service said the wind gusts are equivalent to the strength of a category 1 hurricane.

FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio — As towns across Northeast Ohio experience high wind gusts, Fairport Harbor is seeing hurricane-force winds amid the current winter storm. 

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According to the National Weather Service in Cleveland, Fairport Harbor experienced wind gusts of up to 74 mph on Friday morning. 

The gusts are equivalent to the strength of winds during a category 1 hurricane. 

3News caught live footage of the winter weather and hazardous road conditions in Fairport Harbor. The video can be viewed below: 

Lake County is currently one of four Northeast Ohio counties under a Blizzard Warning

The warning, which will remain in effect until Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 a.m. is for the following counties: 

  • Ashtabula
  • Cuyahoga 
  • Geauga 
  • Lake

A blizzard is classified as the following according to the National Weather Service, "Blowing and/or falling snow with winds of at least 35 mph, reducing visibilities to a quarter of a mile or less for at least three hours. Winds lofting the current snow pack and reducing visibilities without any falling snow is called a ground blizzard."


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