WEATHER ALERT: High wind warning issued for tonight, gusts up to 55 mph predicted

A high wind warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for 7 p.m. Wednesday evening to 4 a.m. Thursday. Winds are predicted to be from the south at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.

The strongest winds are expected between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday, just ahead of a cold front crossing Delaware and southern New Jersey.

According to the National Weather Service, the strongest damaging wind gusts may tend to occur a few miles inland, just away from the water’s edge. Scattered tree and power-line damage is expected, which could result in power outages. Some damage to small or compromised structures could occur.