Dust Storm Hammers Eastern Colorado

DENVER (CBS4) – Near hurricane force wind gusts have been hammering eastern Colorado on Tuesday, all part of a large, slow-moving storm system in the central United States.

An image of the dust storm taken at approximately 11 a.m. about 5 miles west of Kit Carson (credit: @AmericanFFEMT/Twitter)

An image of the dust storm taken at approximately 11 a.m. about 5 miles west of Kit Carson (credit: @AmericanFFEMT/Twitter)

The winds produced widespread areas of blowing dust which was responsible for numerous accidents and even temporary road closures.

An image of a dust storm taken at 104th and Tower Road just northwest of Denver International Airport (credit: Allen Jeffers @slitherjef/Twitter)

An image of a dust storm taken at 104th and Tower Road just northwest of Denver International Airport (credit: Allen Jeffers @slitherjef/Twitter)

CBS4’s Justin McHeffey in the Mobile Weather Lab reported seeing as many as eight tractor-trailers on their sides after being toppled by the wind.

LINK: Traffic Section

Top gusts included 77 mph in Akron and Sterling, 73 near Campo, 71 in Strasburg, 69 in Limon, 68 at Denver International Airport and in the Comanche National Grasslands, 67 near Holly, 63 in Lyons, Kit Carson and Lamar, 61 in Fort Morgan and Springfield, 60 near Ellicott and 54 at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora.

It will be windy again on Wednesday, but not nearly as strong

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