High winds are expected across Southern Southeast starting Wednesday afternoon.

Southeast gusts could reach 60 miles per hour according to the Alaska State Troopers High Wind Watch issued Monday.  Sustained winds from 20-30 miles per hour are expected.

The Troopers advise that damaging winds could blow around unsecured objects, damage property, and cause power outages. Travel could be difficult.

The High Wind Watch includes Ketchikan, Prince of Wales and Annette Islands and will remain in effect until Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service predicts a strengthening low in the Bering Sea will cross the Alaska Peninsula tonight (Monday night) and strengthen over the Gulf through Wednesday morning. This will push a storm force front along the outer coast of Southeast with winds to 55 knots from Cape Suckling south down the coast reaching Dixon entrance late Wednesday evening. Gale force winds 35 to 45 knots will develop over the southern inner channels during that time.

This will be the first significant storm of the Autumn/Winter season and Mariners are advised to take appropriate care and precautions.