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Parts of Montana under a high wind advisory as gusts up to 110 mph sweep the state

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Parts of Montana are under a high wind warning or advisory through Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service is warning Montanans of damaging winds across the state with gusts of up to 110 miles an hour possible.

NWS has issued a high wind warning and advisory for almost all of Montana and part of north-central Wyoming through 6 p.m. Tuesday. The service predicts winds gusts along the Rocky Mountain Front could reach 90 miles an hour, and localized wind gusts could exceed 110 miles an hour. The rest of the state could see gusts up to 65 miles an hour.

NWS says the wind could blow down trees and power lines, and power outages should be expected. Travel will be difficult for trucks, trailers and some SUVs.

The weather service also warns that with these strong winds any fire starts will spread quickly and be difficult to contain.

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.