High winds create hazardous driving conditions
Motorists urged to exercise continued caution
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2011) – While a major winter storm has missed much of Kentucky, high winds blowing through the state today have created hazardous driving conditions.
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST). Sustained winds of 30 mph and gusts to 45 mph are expected through this afternoon. Strong winds can make driving difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles, such as trucks, busses and recreational vehicles.
“Even though the storm missed us, we still encourage drivers to use caution in these windy conditions,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock. “High winds can make driving tricky. We’re passionate about highway safety, so we remind folks to drive smart.”
During periods of high winds, motorists are advised to:
• Keep both hands on the steering wheel
• Allow extra space between vehicles as high winds can blow vehicles off course
• Stay alert for items blowing onto the roadway
• Exercise particular caution when encountering traffic signals that are flashing or inoperative
Condition reports on major routes are available by calling 511 or by logging onto the 511 travel and traffic information website, 511.ky.gov.