Strong winds overturn several tractor-trailers; high wind warnings remain

By Land Line staff | Friday, February 19, 2016

Strong wind gusts led to several tractor-trailers overturning in recent days, according to multiple reports.

KTWO Radio in Casper, Wyo., published photos of a tractor-trailer overturned Thursday morning along Wyoming Highway 258. Wind gusts in that area were reported to be as high as 70 mph.

Wind gusts of 77 mph were the expected cause of a tractor-trailer overturning Tuesday morning on U.S. 64 in North Carolina. Similar incidents were reported in recent days in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Utah. Part of Interstate 25 in Denver was shut down for several hours Thursday when an IKEA sign over the highway started coming apart in the wind.

Truck drivers are advised to take precautions as high wind warnings are in effect for multiple states in the North, Midwest and Pacific Northwest regions this weekend.

The National Weather Service issued high wind warnings for parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon and California.

Additionally, wind advisories were issued for parts of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Nevada and New York.

The National Weather Service in Central Illinois expects wind gusts as strong as 60 mph along Interstate 80 and to the north. Similar wind gusts are forecast near Interstates 94 and 39 in Wisconsin. Interstates 90 and 29 in South Dakota are also among the areas under high wind warnings.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D., is predicting hurricane-like winds that could reach 76 mph in parts of the state.

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