It looks like we're going to be in for some really gutsy winds and some periods of heavy rain tonight. Sure, we saw almost identical weather both last week and the week before and we made it out okay. The difference here? Soil moisture.

After the last couple of weeks of increased precipitation, the ground has been absorbing above average amounts of water, in turn, moistening and loosening the top layers of soil. But why is that a big deal? As the soil loosens, the once firm grip the tree roots one had in the ground begin to become compromised. Once the wind starts to gust against the trees, they can much more easily become uprooted and come down.

Peak wind gusts by Friday morning could be close to 50 mph here in Augusta, so be prepared and be careful.

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