Texas high winds causes 5 traffic accidents and 1 fatality

Texas high winds causes 5 traffic accidents and 1 fatalityTexas is under a high wind warning today until late tonight. The condition has resulted in 1 confirmed fatality and 5 traffic accidents.

A cold front is moving south across the region, according to the National Weather Service in Amarillo.

Strong northwest winds of 30 mph to 40 mph with gusts over 60 mph are expected.

Relative humidity values will likely remain near or above 20 percent, but the weather service has issued a fire danger warning for the southern Texas Panhandle as power lines might become damaged by the wind and fire.

High winds and low visibility on I-27 northbound from New Deal and southbound from Abernathy have been identified as the cause of most of the accidents reported.

All lanes both northbound and southbound have been closed, and traffic has been diverted.

Lubbock County has confirmed 16 traffic accidents since the high wind event began.

Durham Transportation has confirmed that Lubbock ISD school buses will run this afternoon, but only on city roads. Buses will avoid I-27, Marsha Sharp and Loop 289.

Wind gusts have reduced visibility in some parts to almost zero. The Texas Department of Transportation is “strongly discouraging” travel in the 120-mile corridor between Lubbock and Amarillo.

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