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Hold onto ... everything; 70 mph winds in forecast

Spring is almost a month away, but the high winds associated with the season on the High Plains have already arrived.

Winds gusting in excess of 50 mph knocked out power across the region this week and Sunday may bring the strongest breezes of the year, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters have issued a high wind warning for the entire region, starting at 9 a.m. Sunday and continuing until 1 a.m. Monday.

"West winds 35 to 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph (are) expected," the warning reads.

"Damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines. Power outages are possible. Damage may occur to mobile homes, roofs, sheds, barns, outbuildings, and fences," NWS reported.

"Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Areas of blowing dust may create reduced visibility."

Wind gusts in excess of 40 mph are also forecast for Monday through Wednesday across eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle.

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