Issued by The National Weather Service
Phoenix, AZ
10:27 am PST, Wed., Feb. 16, 2011

… DUST STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON… … WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A DUST STORM WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON. A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA: IMPERIAL COUNTY CALIFORNIA. BLOWING DUST WILL MAINLY AFFECT WESTERN PORTIONS INCLUDING THE SALTON SEA AREA. OTHERWISE STRONG WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED OVER MUCH OF THE COUNTY.

* TIMING: DUST STORM WARNING UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON. WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS EVENING.

* WINDS: GUSTS 35 TO 45 MPH FROM THE WEST.

* IMPACTS: BLOWING DUST CAUSING AREAS OF VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE CAUSING HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. OTHERWISE… THE STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS… PARTICULARLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

MOTORISTS… BE READY FOR A SUDDEN DROP IN VISIBILITY TO NEAR ZERO. USE EXTRA CAUTION AND SLOW DOWN WHILE DRIVING… AS OBJECTS ON AND NEAR ROADWAYS WILL BE SEEN ONLY AT CLOSE RANGE. IF YOU ENCOUNTER BLOWING DUST OR BLOWING SAND ON THE ROADWAY OR SEE IT APPROACHING… PULL OFF THE ROAD AS FAR AS POSSIBLE AND PUT YOUR VEHICLE IN PARK. TURN THE LIGHTS ALL THE WAY OFF AND KEEP YOUR FOOT OFF THE BRAKE PEDAL.

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