*High Wind Warning*

Pacific County Emergency Management has issued a high wind warning. See the press release & some safety reminders below:

5 tips for driving in windy conditions

Windy conditions often come with rain and snowstorms, but strong, sustained winds can occur on their own, creating extra dangers for drivers.

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1. Watch the weather

Weather service offices may issue high-wind watches, warnings, or advisories when winds will make it difficult to drive. Expect winds to be worse in exposed places, such as straight, open roads, bridges and overpasses, or between hills.

2. Be aware of high-profile vehicles

Large trucks, vans, buses, and those towing cargo, are vulnerable to losing control or tipping over in high winds. They can also create turbulence for motorcycles and other small vehicles. Drivers should pay extra attention to the road and anticipate gusts in windy conditions.

3. Keep your distance

Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles to give yourself and other motorists time and space to avoid any debris in the road. Turn on your headlights to see better through dust, dirt, or snow that the wind kicks up.

4. Keep your hands on the wheel

Heavy winds make it harder to steer and handle a vehicle, so keep a firm grip on the wheel. If you don’t feel comfortable driving, pull over to a safe place until the wind dies down.

5. Slow down

Driving slower than the posted speed limit helps lessen the dangers of wind and helps you better control the vehicle.

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Be safe out there!!