Murray, KY – The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 3:00 this afternoon, with widespread wind speeds of up to 20 to 35 mph and gusts as high as 45. Keith Todd with the Kentucky Department of Highways says it's important for motorists not to underestimate the hazards high winds could present, particularly if they're driving a high profile vehicle, like an SUV, or pulling a trailer.
Todd- "To say that it's going to be hazardous is sort of an understatement. It's going to impact everybody that's out on the road, but we really want to warn the people that are in high-profile vehicles. Of course last year, I believe in September that we had some really bad winds. This is going to be something pretty much on a scale with that. During that event, I think we had eight or nine semis that were blown over at various locations on our parkways and on I-24"
Once the front passes later today, weather officials are looking for the wind to shift, which could present additional problems for high profile vehicles. Todd says motorists will also need to be on the lookout for debris blown into the roadway along with down trees or power lines. Safe Patrol will be running their regular routes on the parkways and I-24. Motorists who require assistance can call them toll free at 1-877-367-5982.