SOUTH BEND — Hurricane Sandy will bring strong winds to the Michiana area today through at least Tuesday.
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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory through 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Winds will increase today into Tuesday morning.
There will be sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph, with gusts of 40 to 50 mph expected. Locations along Lake Michigan will likely experience wind gusts approaching 55 to 60 mph late tonight into Tuesday, according to the weather service.
Lawn furniture and other unsecured objects could be easily pick up by the winds, and branches could fall on power lines. Drivers of lightweight and high-profile vehicles should exercise caution on the road, the weather service stated.
Here is the South Bend area weather forecast for this week:
Partly sunny this afternoon, with a high near 48. Breezy, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Mostly cloudy tonight, with a low around 39. Windy, with a north wind 25 to 30 mph, and gusts as high as 40 mph.
On Tuesday, rain is likely after 9 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Windy, with a north wind around 30 mph, and gusts as high as 45 mph.
On Tuesday night, showers are likely with a low around 39. Breezy, with a northwest wind 20 to 25 mph and gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Showers are likely on Wednesday, mainly before 9 a.m. High near 46. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday are expected to be partly to mostly sunny, with highs around 50 degrees and lows in the upper 30s.
Sandy could lead to waves as high as 20-33 feet on parts of Lake Michigan and dangerous conditions on other Great Lakes, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS has issued Great Lakes gale and storm warnings in effect through Wednesday. It says waves on Lake Michigan could be 10 to 18 feet by Monday afternoon, then build to 20 to 33 feet on Tuesday before subsiding. Waves on parts of Lake Superior and Lake Huron could top 20 feet.
Dangerous conditions are expected along piers and breakwalls in areas including southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana. Snow linked to the storm could fall in our region.
Hurricane Sandy strengthened early Monday, putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm.