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High winds blow over semi trucks on I-70; Restrictions for high-profile vehicles

Posted at 4:15 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 10:24:31-04

GEORGETOWN, Colo. -- Strong winds caused big problems for drivers on Interstate 70 Wednesday morning, resulting in travel restrictions for high profile vehicles. 

At least two semi tractor trailers were blown over on I-70 in Georgetown around 3 a.m.

A Colorado Department of Transportation weather station in the area was showing gusts over 70 miles per hour at the time. 

CDOT issued a high wind restriction for all high-profile and empty-load vehicles on the interstate between the Eisenhower Tunnel and Idaho Springs, warning drivers they would not be allowed through the restriction.

Strong winds will continue in the high country all day Wednesday and then slowly diminish Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. 

A gust over 93 miles per hour was recorded east of Berthoud Pass around 11 p.m. Tuesday.