"I can’t get my hair back!" Mckayla Mejia, 15, laughed as she checked her phone after school at the Toledo School for the Arts Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Toledo.
A high-wind warning remained in effect for southeast Michigan and wind advisories for northwest Ohio because of brisk wind accompanying a cold front’s passage through the region that also triggered a line of severe thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service office in White Lake, Mich., posted the warning for Monroe, Lenawee, and neighboring counties to the north shortly after 10 a.m. with a prediction of winds of 20 to 30 mph in the late morning and gusts of 55 to 65 mph later in the day.
Be careful driving in this weather. Forestry Crews are clearing a fallen tree right not on southbound Anthony Wayne Trail just past Glendale pic.twitter.com/OLI2bBt9XQ
— City of Toledo (@city_of_toledo) May 4, 2018
The conditions could make driving high-profile vehicles dangerous, damage trees and power lines, and cause unsecured light objects to blow away, the weather service said.
Winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to 50, were predicted for areas south of the Michigan-Ohio border in the advisories issued by weather-service offices in Cleveland and North Webster, Ind.
Attention: Please drive with caution, especially large trucks on our area bridges. #toledopolice @ODOT_Toledo @ODOT_NWOhio pic.twitter.com/ijtRHVinzm
— Toledo Police (@ToledoPolice) May 4, 2018
Thunderstorms raced through the Toledo area shortly after 1 p.m. with heavy rain and gusty wind. As of 1:45 p.m. one storm was reported near Oregon moving east at 70 mph and dropping nickel-sized hail.
Both the wind warning and the advisories were scheduled to expire at 6 p.m. Friday. The weather service said the winds were likely to diminish rapidly in the evening.
Brisk wind in the morning already was complicating matters for firefighters battling a car fire about 10:20 a.m. in the 500 block of Orchard Street in Toledo’s South End. Wind fanning the flames posed a threat to a garage near the burning car.