Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Arizona: CBS 5 news helicopter captures wall of dust

PRESCOTT, AZ (CBS5) -  High winds belting the state are eroding the slopes on northbound I-17, causing rocks to fall onto the highway between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

ADOT said it has sent personnel and equipment to the area to monitor the situation and keep the roadway clear of hazards.

Drivers are urged to slow down and exercise caution on the steep climb northbound from Black Canyon City.

In the Valley, strong winds toppled power lines and stirred up walls of dust Monday as a Pacific storm system created potentially hazardous driving conditions.

Phoenix fire crews responded to several reports of downed power line in the areas of the 10,000 block of S. 59th Avenue and Thomas Road and 53rd Street.

SRP reported two downed power lines at Elliot Road and 59th Avenue.

The CBS 5 news helicopter captured a wall of dust in the area of 35th Avenue and Baseline Road.

A wind advisory is in effect for most of the state with wind gusts in the 30 mph to 40 mph range this afternoon.

An air quality alert has also been issued because of anticipated areas of blowing dust. Keep this in mind particularly if you have respiratory concerns.

Gusty winds as high as 25 mph to 40 mph, including gusts up to 65 mph, are predicted in Northern Arizona, the Arizona Department of Transportation said in a special advisory statement. In southern Arizona, southwest winds from 25 mph to 35 mph, including wind gusts up to 45 mph, could impact drivers traveling on Interstate 10 and Interstate 8.

A passing shower is possible late Monday afternoon to evening, but better rain and snow chances will be across northern and eastern AZ along with even stronger wind gusts.

After a cooler Tuesday, a slight warm-up is expected later this week. There may be another windy weather system approaching by Friday.

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