Skies over southeast Colorado have cleared of the choking dust that has been evident for the past several days, but warnings are still posted for high winds and stronger gusts through this Wednesday, April 30.
Earlier in the week, limited visibility on Highway 287 north of Springfield caused accidents among five cars when the dust became too heavy for safe driving. The most Prowers County residents had to contend with the past two days has been trees falling over, sometimes onto houses, or what looks like a bowling alley with trashcans substituting for ten pins as gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour come whistling off the plains.
The winds picked up on Saturday, April 26 at the tail end of the annual spring clean up in Lamar, registering 50mph gusts with sustained winds of 38mph. Sunday saw the highest gusts, posted at 65mph by the National Weather Service in Pueblo. Monday saw wind gusts reach 45mph in Lamar and just yesterday, Tuesday, the winds were at 51 mph with gusts up to 63mph.
By Russ Baldwin
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