High winds Tuesday could cause power outages, property damage

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Tuesday evening.

Heavy rain and winds between 50 and 60 mph are possible in the Boston area beginning around 6 p.m. National Weather Service spokesman Benjamin Sipprell told Boston.com. Reduced visibility could pose a problem for the evening commute. The high winds will likely die down by 9 p.m.

“The area of focus is probably going to be south of the Boston area, including interior southeast Massachusetts,’’ he said. The area from Taunton down towards the South Shore is most likely to see power outages or property damage, but it’s possible across eastern Massachusetts, he said.

“There might still be some trees weakened by that heavy, wet snow event we had back in January,’’ and additional wind and rain could knock limbs down, Sipprell said.

The warning is in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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