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Strong winds and drought conditions contributed to the development of a dust storm that closed I-25 in southeastern Colorado
4/17/2013 12:58:44 PM



CATEGORIES:
Society & Public Health
AFFECTED AREAS:
Baca County, CO
Bent County, CO
Crowley County, CO
Custer County, CO
El Paso County, CO
Fremont County, CO
Huerfano County, CO
Kiowa County, CO
Las Animas County, CO
Lincoln County, CO
Otero County, CO
Prowers County, CO
Pueblo County, CO

4/14/2013 - 4/14/2013
Strong winds and drought conditions contributed to the development of a dust storm on April 14 that led to several multiple car pileups on Interstate 25 between mile markers 114 and 122 near Pikes Peak International between Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the interstate in both directions for about an hour starting around 12:30 p.m. A forecaster for the National Weather Service’s Pueblo office noted, “We've been so dry and we've lost a lot of grass cover in certain spots so obviously there's more dirt to be potentially picked up." Pueblo Chieftain (Colo.), April 14, 2013
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