The National Weather Service has posted a high wind watch for all of New York City and Long Island between Friday evening, Feb. 24, and Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25.
The forecast calls for high and possibly damaging winds between 20 and 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour possible.
The strongest winds will be after midnight Friday into Saturday morning, with the potential to bring down trees utility poles and power lines.
The city’s Department of Buildings is asking home and property owners to bring inside or secure loose items like furniture, toys, potted plants, patio umbrellas and garbage cans inside, and to secure those such as gas grills which might be dangerous inside.
Awnings should be retracted and television antennas and satellite dishes should be removed whenever possible.
Builders and contractors are being asked to secure construction sites and any equipment or materials that might be affected by high winds.
The NWS also said the winds could make driving difficult. A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the MTA is monitoring the situation and will post appropriate advisories and warnings for its bridge crossings on its website should conditions make it necessary.