Gusts do minor harm

A Grand Junction firefighter removes metal siding blown off by a wind gust from the building that used to house Dos Reales at 124 N. Seventh St. on Wednesday afternoon. Most of the west-facing facade of the building was left exposed. A pedestrian was hit by a piece of metal but not seriously injured.

Winds gusting more than 45 mph rattled rooftops and caused minor property damage around the city Wednesday as the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory.

The awning from a downtown office building situated near the intersection of Seventh Street and Rood Avenue was blown from its moorings Wednesday. It fell and struck a man who was passing by, according to witnesses. No serious injuries were reported.

Tree branches dropped to the ground and trashcans tipped over on their sides as high winds pushed rainstorms into the valley, the National Weather Service said.

The advisory expired at 8 p.m. Wednesday after winds blowing out of the southwest at 30 mph, with gusts exceeding 45 mph, finally died down.

“A wind advisory means that a significant wind event ... is occurring,” the National Weather Service said. “Winds this strong can make driving difficult. Use extra caution.”

No wind-related traffic incidents were reported around the Grand Valley by Wednesday night, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol said.

No major wind damage to city property was reported, said Sam Rainguet, Grand Junction communications manager.

People with health problems, especially those with respiratory illness and heart disease, were advised to stay out of the wind and avoid exertion.

Lower temperatures and an increased chance of rain are predicted through Friday with cloudy skies dominating into the weekend, the weather service said.


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