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Strong winds sweep through Las Vegas

Posted at 7:19 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 08:47:20-05

Strong winds smacked the Las Vegas valley on Monday.

The winds blew anywhere from 40 to 50 miles per hours, at their peak between noon to 2 p.m. 

"I didn't expect it to be like this," said Las Vegas native Tami Mayer. 
"It's pretty windy out there I'm going home and hiding", said Daniel Carlson. 
But there was almost no place you could hide to avoid this blustery cold. Near Green Valley, residents were feeling those winds at their peak as early as 11 a.m. 

At one point, a metal newspaper stand was swept up by the wind, eventually landing near a busy roadway. 

In the northwest, things weren't any calmer. 
Albertsons worker, Katie Cetner, was in charge of the toughest job Monday -- handling the shopping carts. 
"I have to bring these carts in and it's bad," Cetner said. "I actually almost got hit by a car." 
Drivers were also facing many challenges on the roadways. 
"Coming down the freeway was rough, I had a couple of people almost run into me. One car blew into me almost hitting me," Carlson said. 
The winds are expected to calm down by Monday night.