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High winds rattle Vegas, topple big rigs in Calif.

Posted: October 28, 2013 3:30 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2013 3:30 p.m.

A wind storm brought powerful gusts to Calif. and Nevada knocking over several big rigs on a stretch of highway. Above, a pine tree that was blown over by high winds in Las Vegas.

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A wind storm brought powerful gusts to California and Nevada on Monday, knocking over several big rigs on a stretch of highway and damaging trees, signs and vehicles.

The California Highway Patrol said two drivers suffered minor to moderate injuries after the truck accidents on a Northern California highway.

Heavy winds were also whipping through Nevada, where planes at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas have changed their takeoff patterns. The airport says no flights have been delayed because of the weather. Trees were also blown down in Las Vegas.

Clark County officials issued a dust advisory that will remain in effect through Monday evening.

The National Weather Service warned of gusts reaching 80 mph Monday in the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon, and gusts of 60 mph in parts of the Las Vegas valley.

KGO-TV reports wind also knocked the facade off a Forever 21 store in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Emeryville. No one was hurt, but two vehicles were damaged.

Crashes on Interstate 580 around the San Joaquin County city of Tracy began around 6 p.m. Sunday and continued until about 5 a.m. Monday.

Authorities in northern Arizona postponed prescribed burns because of the high winds.


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