NDOT offers safety tips for high winds

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - There is a high wind warning for Washoe and Douglas counties for Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Sierra Front and Carson City will also be included.

Wind gusts could reach as high as 55 miles per hour. Winds of this magnitude can potentially bring down trees, power lines, and signs.

NDOT has issued safety tips to keep safe during high winds. If you are driving, you want to drive slowly, so leave early because your drive will take longer. Be aware and maintain safe distances from other vehicles. If you are driving near larger vehicles like RVs, campers or trucks, they could swing out and hit your car from sudden wind gusts.

NDOT says if you are driving a larger vehicle, you should be extra careful because they are more prone to being pushed or flipped by high winds. Also, if there are downed power lines, do not drive over them because the high voltage wires may still be alive.

NDOT advises to stand clear of roadways or train tracks if you are outside because gusts could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle. If you are out, watch out for flying debris and trees, because tree limbs may break and street signs could come loose. Use handrails if you can and avoid elevated areas like roofs.

It is also suggested to check the items outside your house like trash cans or lawns- anything that can cause damage by the wind. Secure any loose items or store them inside.