With the National Weather Service placing Atlantic City and much of South Jersey under a high wind warning, the Atlantic City Office of Emergency Management is prepared for the challenges the winds may blow in.
"We have emergency procedures for every type of event. Whether it be a rain event or snow event or hurricane. Straight-line winds is what we're facing tonight," said Director of the Office of Emergency Management Tom Foley.
And as many homes in Atlantic City and the surrounding areas continue to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, Foley and his staff have made sure area construction sites have prepared for the winds.
"We contacted all construction companies to make sure they secure their cranes and any other construction materials they have around."
With wind gusts expected to reach between 50 and 60 miles per hour, residents are being encouraged to stay indoors to avoid potential dangers caused by flying debris and downed power lines.
"We're advising people not to park your car under trees and to make sure they stay out of the way of those type of things because it is going to get very heavy this evening," said Foley.
Foley doesn't believe the winds will last very long and is thankful that the winds will arrive late enough so that the roads will be mostly clear.
"Everyone be careful, make sure they stay out of harms way, we're going to have some heavy winds tonight and we're just going to have to deal with it," said Foley.
The winds are expected to last through the remainder of Wednesday night.