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Weather prompts Florida Highway Patrol to shutdown miles of I-10

Strong winds and dust limit driver vision
Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 19:57:00-05

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. — A portion of I-10 in Madison County was shut down much of the day due to low visibility brought on by high winds.

While winds rocked cars, that's not what's led to the closing. The big concern was dust, making it hard to see and causing a huge backup.

Drivers were told to take the exit ramp at exit 262 County Road 255 in Lee.

Chuck Sowles, one of hundreds of drivers routed off I-10 Thursday afternoon, said he initially thought the dust was a fire.

"It's really gusty,” Sowles said. “We just blew into town, and I mean we really just blew into town. We were on our way to Destin and we were flagged off by state police and we were in a long line for quite a while."

Roads were reopened Thursday evening after rain reached the area, settling the dust.