High winds in southern Alberta leads to RCMP warning

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WATCH: Strong winds wreaked havoc on the highways in southern Alberta on Thursday leaving many vehicles in the ditch or flipped over. Blake Lough reports. – Dec 13, 2018

Police in southern Alberta are warning drivers about conditions on certain highways because of reports of wind gusts reaching as fast as 130 km/h.

Detachments in Crowsnest Pass, Claresholm, Fort McLeod and Nanton issued a news release Thursday warning drivers of large light vehicles, RVs and empty tractor-trailers to avoid travel on Highway 2 and Highway 22.

A wind warning was in place for several areas of southwestern Alberta on Thursday. Environment Canada said gusts of up to 130 km/h were possible, with winds weakening Thursday night. Winds could strengthen again Friday, the agency said.

Downed trees and power lines were also reported in the Fort McLeod area, according to an alert issued by Alberta Emergency Alert.

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Officers responded to a number of large vehicles that had blown over, police said.

When the release was issued just before 10 a.m., Crowsnest Pass and Nanton RCMP were dealing with a semi blocking Highway 22.

Just before 11 a.m., police issued another release saying the semi had been cleared, but police said travel was still not recommended in the area.

Officers remained in the area dealing with “numerous” collisions, police said.

Drivers are reminded to slow down and use caution when approaching emergency vehicles.

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