LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Central Clark County is under a dust storm warning until 4:15 p.m. on Monday.
The National Weather Services issued the alert warning travelers as of 2:20 p.m. The impacted area includes the Las Vegas valley and Interstate 15.
Impacted locations include:
- The Las Vegas valley
- I-15 from Primm to the northeast side of the Las Vegas valley
- Red Rock Canyon
- Highway 95 between Interstate 11 to the Highway 165 intersection
"Be ready for sudden drop to zero visibility," the NWS warned drivers in an emergency alert.
Potential hazards from this storm include low visibility, blowing dust, and gusty winds, forecasters said.
If you are driving and visibility drops, you're advised to pull far off the road and put your vehicle in park. Then, turn off all lights on your vehicle and remove your foot from the brake. Resume driving once the dust has cleared and you feel it is safe to do so.
Why turn off your lights in a dust storm? Meteorologist Justin Bruce weighs in with this answer:
"If you pull your car over but leave the lights on in a dust storm, someone might drive off the road and right into you because they think you're still moving and can't see anything."
Prior to the dust storm warning, a high wind warning was issuedfor the Las Vegas valley and southern Nye County. That warning is in effect through 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Wind speeds of between 25 to 35 mph were in the forecast, with projected gusts of 50 to 60 mph.
High winds can topple trees, down power lines, and damage weakened roofs or buildings. People in the impacted areas were advised to be careful and expect that travel would be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.
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