ADOT warns drivers of possible dust storms along Interstate 10

2014-01-31T12:00:00Z 2014-01-31T12:34:09Z ADOT warns drivers of possible dust storms along Interstate 10By Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A high wind advisory has officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation warning drivers to prepare to slow down or even pull off state highways today.

The main concern is continues to be deadly dust storms, which can materialize in a matter of seconds and cause white-out conditions along high-speed corridors along Interstate 10, Interstate 8 and State Route 347.

A two-mile stretch near Picacho Peak is the deadliest portion of Interstate 10 in Arizona, killing at least eight people in more than 50 crashes since 2000, a Daily Star investigation found.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a blowing dust advisory until 6 p.m. for parts of central Arizona, including from Phoenix to Casa Grande, an ADOT press release states.

Areas of blowing dust and limited visibility have already been reported along Interstate 10 near Queen Creek Road.

The advisories forecast winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. 

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson

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