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High Wind Conditions Making Travel Difficult In South Dakota
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For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-773-3265


   High Wind Conditions Making Travel Difficult In South Dakota



PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that extremely high winds are making travel difficult across the state, especially for high-profile vehicles such as semis, trucks, busses and SUV’s.


Motorists are advised to use extreme caution as there are many semis and vehicles tipped over on and along many roadways, especially in central and western South Dakota.


Gusting winds have pushed trees onto several highways and blown down power lines and poles, causing temporary delays until highway maintenance crews arrive to clear the roads.  


Drivers should also take care when meeting or passing vehicles.


Motorists are also reminded of the extreme fire danger and should not throw cigarettes or other debris from vehicles.


In the Black Hills area: The Needles Highway is currently closed due to falling trees and will be opened by Friday morning. Winding roads with a high number of pine-beetle infested trees are the areas of greatest concern.


According to the National Weather Service, strong northwest winds of 50 mph -- gusting to 70 mph – will persist across South Dakota until this evening. Winds will continue to gust to 50 mph through much of the overnight hours.


Complete information on incidents, accidents, and temporary road closures are available at www.safetravelusa.com/sd  or by dialing 5-1-1.




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