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All interstates facing partial closures as Wyoming deals with hurricane-force winds

I-80 Laramie Gate (WYDOT)

UPDATE: Closures on portions of all major Wyoming interstates  to light, high-profile vehicles have been lifted as of 5:20 p.m. Tuesday

CASPER, Wyo. — Much of Wyoming is dealing with strong winds Tuesday and some areas are seeing hurricane-force winds, or winds over 74 mph.

Amid the high winds, “extreme blow over risk” advisories and partial closures are in effect on multiple Wyoming highways. Interstate 80 is closed to light, high-profile vehicles from Cheyenne to Elk Mountain. I-90 is closed to light, high-profile vehicles from Buffalo to the Montana state line. A full list of road closures is available from WYDOT.

Interstate 25 from Cheyenne to Douglas was added to the list of closures at 1:34 p.m.

Winds have reached as high as 92 mph (in Story, Wyoming) and multiple areas have seen gusts in excess of 80 mph, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Riverton. Damage has been reported in Park, Johnson and Big Horn County.

High wind warnings are in effect across much of the state with strong winds expected to last into the afternoon and into Tuesday night in some areas. Gusts up to 85 mph are possible in the Cody Foothills and in the North Laramie Range until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

70-mph gusts could impact I-80 in the region of the North Snowy Range Foothills through 5 p.m. I-80 could see 60-mph gusts in eastern Sweetwater County through 5 p.m.

65-mph gusts are possible in Johnson County along both I-25 and I-90 until 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Outer Drive in the Casper area could see gusts up to 60 mph until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials are urging drivers to keep both hands on the wheel when driving and to be aware of the possibility of sudden gusts and possible impacts to visibility.

A full list of wind warnings that are in effect across the Cowboy State is available from the National Weather Service.