The strong winds ripping through Alice and South Texas will stick around until at least this evening.

The National Weather Service stated on an advisory that the strong wind gusts, which are already being blamed for uprooting trees around the city, will persist until 5 p.m.

According to the advisory, a very strong upper-level system remains over the region today. While winds have subsided a bit overnight, expect strong winds to develop once again and last through this afternoon. There is a wind advisory in effect until 5 p.m. Friday. Winds are northwest with gusts of 25 to 35 mph. Gusts are also expected to reach 40 to mph.

According to the National Weather Service, driving may become difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Light weight and unsecured objects such as lawn furniture and trash cans may be blown around. Conditions may become hazardous for construction workers, especially those located above 33 feet where wind speeds will be even greater.