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Tuesday, May 28 2013 05:05 PM

Sandstorm closes Highway 14 near Edwards Air Force Base

By The Bakersfield Californian

Wind gusts of about 58 mph caused low visibility near Edwards Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon, and blowing sand and dust caused several vehicle collisions in the area. Highway 14 was closed between Rosamond Boulevard and Avenue A due to a wind-generated sandstorm.

Brian Ochs, meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Hanford, said the wind would continue to blow strongly into Tuesday night.

"This is a combination of dust and sand, so visibility has dropped to less than a quarter of a mile," Ochs said.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, there was no estimate of when the roads would re-open.

With gusts potentially reaching 60 mph Tuesday night, Ochs said he recommends drivers slow down.

"With winds this strong, they can blow RVs and big-rigs over if they do not take precaution."

The high-wind warning remains in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday for the Kern County mountains and southeastern Kern County desert.

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