Dust storms in Lancaster area lead to road closures due to ‘low to no visibility’


High winds that caused dust storms resulted in the closure of Highway 14 and National Highway 138 in the Lancaster area on Monday.

Highway 14 was closed in both directions between Avenue A and Avenue I for several hours before reopening Monday afternoon.

Shortly after, authorities reported that SR138 was closed in both directions from 110th Street to 180th Street, the California Highway Patrol said.

The dust storms resulted in “low to zero visibility” in the area, according to the CHP.

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday in resort towns along the coast of Los Angeles County, as well as in downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Valleys. Santa Clarita. Northwest to north winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 45 mph, are expected.

FOX 11 spoke with residents of Antelope Valley braving the gusts.

“It’s very windy,” said a resident of Antelope Valley. “Even for us here.

The resident’s car was destroyed after a giant tree crashed into his car while he and his friend were sitting inside.

“At first we didn’t know what it was since the window shattered,” he said.

They both crawled and suffered a shock. Both are OK after the traumatic event.

A high surf advisory is also in effect Monday noon through Tuesday 8:00 am in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

NWS officials said the gusts of wind could make driving difficult for top-level vehicles, and they warned that tree branches could fall and cause power outages. People are also advised to secure any outside objects that might fly away.

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SoCal Edison said weather conditions could create a high fire risk and that public safety power cuts were being considered for some communities. Visit http://sce.com/psps to find out which domains are supported by PSPS.

The weather is most extreme in counties in southwestern California including Orange, San Diego and Riverside, where wind and high surf advisories are also in effect through Tuesday and gusts on Monday could reach 50 to 70 mph in the mountains and adjacent desert slopes, according to NWS officials.

Desert areas in these regions will receive gusts of 35 to 55 mph, while coasts and valleys will reach 25 to 35 mph.

There is also a small probability of showers mainly in the mountains or distant valleys and foothills from Monday afternoon until early evening, with a strong wind warning and frost advisory in effect Monday evening in the region. antelope valley. Snow dusting is possible above approximately 7,000 feet.

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