Wind gusts approaching 50 mph will whip through Maryland this weekend, bringing a risk of power outages and downed trees as a storm moves toward the Atlantic Coast, forecasters say.

Wind gusts in Maryland could reach 48 mph on Saturday night, the National Weather Service said.

"Severe storms will continue to press eastward through the Appalachians and a large part of the Atlantic coast on Saturday," AccuWeather said. "Along with the likelihood of potent thunderstorms, high winds, power outages and property damage can occur from southeastern New York and southern New England to the Carolinas, Georgia and part of northern Florida."

The forecast brings an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms on Saturday as a strong cold front approaches the Baltimore region, adds the National Weather Service. Wind gusts are forecast to exceed 50 miles per hour in almost 24 states and the District of Columbia as the storm moves through.... Read More: Pikesville Patch