Motorists should prepare for gusty winds across Arizona - Tucson News Now

Motorists should prepare for gusty winds across Arizona

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued the following warning to drivers about high winds and blowing dust impacting travel, all according to an alert from the National Weather Service on windy conditions for today. 

Those traveling along I-8 (between Yuma and Casa Grande), I-10 (between Phoenix and Tucson), SR 347 (near Maricopa) and I- 40 (between Flagstaff and Holbrook) could encounter wind gusts between 30 to 50 mph and areas of blowing dust.

Drivers are advised to stay alert because strong winds can result in sudden periods of limited or zero visibility due to blowing dust, especially in desert areas. Motorists play an important role in safety when operating their vehicles during a dust storm.

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.  

·         If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.

·         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, away from where other vehicles may travel.

·         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.

·         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 seatbelts 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.

·         Be alert that any storm can cause power outages to overhead roadway lighting and traffic signals. Drive with caution and treat all intersections without signals as having stop signs in all directions. 

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For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT's Travel Information Site at or call 5-1-1.

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