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Dangerous high winds forecast in Arizona on Monday

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -

The state Department of Transportation has reopened a 34-mile stretch of Interstate 40 near Winslow. It was closed earlier because of high winds.

The shutdown came after authorities advised motorists of a storm system and associated cold front that was expected to produce high winds across much of Arizona.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, and says parts of northern Arizona could see gusts over 60 mph.

Strong winds also are expected on Interstate 8 in southern Arizona, and on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Casa Grande and between Tucson and the New Mexico line.

Motorists are advised against driving into dust storms.

ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety recommend the following driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm: 

  • Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.  
  • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.
  • A driver's alertness and safe driving ability is still the No. 1 factor in preventing crashes.

Online:

Pull Aside -- Stay Alive: www.PullAsideStayAlive.org

Travel Conditions:
511 (Within Arizona) or 1-888-411-ROAD
www.az511.gov

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