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East Coast braces for high winds sweeping in from Great Lakes

A storm powered across the Great Lakes region and toward the East Coast early Friday, bringing high winds, snow and rain — and a tough morning for commuters throughout the region.

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"The wind is the big story for the population areas," according to Michael Palmer, The Weather Channel's lead forecaster. "The winds will bring the wind chill factor down to the 20s and the 30s."

Residents should also watch out for downed trees and power lines, he said.

Raphael Miranda, meteorologist at NBC's New York affiliate WNBC, warned of travel delays with winds gusts reaching between 40 and 60 mph from Great Lakes to the Northeast. According to The Weather Channel, Buffalo and Boston could get gusts of up to 50 mph, Washington up to 40 mph and New York City up to 30 mph.

Parts of the region should also brace for snow, Palmer added.

"There is snow right now ongoing through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan," he said. "And a rain-snow mixture from Great Lakes to western New York."

Up to eight inches of snow could fall of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by the end of the day, Palmer added.

Meanwhile, stormy weather continued in the Pacific Northwest.

"There are flood watches up through Seattle," Palmer said. "Flooding could be an issue over next few days."

Officials were watching rivers off the Olympic and Cascade mountains for potential flooding, according to NBC affiliate KING5.