‘Strong’ winds to pummel Greater Boston Wednesday afternoon and evening

"If it's trash day grab the cans quickly (getting mine as we speak)."

–Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe, File

Hold on to your hat, charge your phone, and for restaurants with outdoor dining, perhaps tie down those tents or umbrellas.

“Strong southwest winds” are set to pummel the Greater Boston region Wednesday, and gusts could hit 55 to 60 mph in Boston, according to the National Weather Service. Around the city, gusts are predicted to be almost as strong, at 50 to 55 mph.

“There is potential for isolated thunderstorms to generate damaging winds across much of southern New England today,” the service said on Twitter. “The main risk is for straight-line wind damage, generally between 2 PM to 8 PM.”

All of Massachusetts is listed within a “marginal” risk for the predicted isolated, severe thunderstorms, according to the service. Along with the wind, there could be some hail.

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Here’s what other local forecasters are saying about the predicted winds:

Cindy Fitzgibbon, WCVB: ‘#ImpactWeather on the way this afternoon with strong wind’

Matt Noyes, NBC10 Boston and NECN: ‘My biggest concern is for those who own/operate/manage outdoor dining/retail’

Eric Fisher, WBZ: ‘If it’s trash day grab the cans quickly (getting mine as we speak)’

Shiri Spear, Boston 25 News: ‘We’ll likely see some wind damage and power outages across southern #NewEngland this afternoon & evening’

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