Authorities remind drivers to be cautious when wind speeds are high


    Three flags whip in the wind outside the Missouri State Highway Patrol General Headquarters on Wednesday. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

    Several mid-Missouri counties had high wind watches in effect Wednesday as wind gust speeds climbed to 50 miles per hour.

    Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain John Hotz said like always, it is important for drivers to pay attention while on the roads when it is windy.

    "By paying attention and watching other vehicles around you, you can help to eliminate some of those trouble areas where there may be sudden gusts of wind that might cause you to move from one lane to the next," he said.

    Hotz also said high-profile vehicles are more prone to being pushed by high winds, so driving them in this weather is not advised.

    "Avoid the high profile vehicles if at all possible," he said. "Those are subject to be blown over much easier if you have those high wind gusts out there, so if you don't have to drive that type of vehicle, then it's best to avoid that during these particular situations."

    The tarps on the Missouri State Capitol have torn because of high wind speeds. Missouri Office of Administration Public Information Specialist Brittany Ruess said in an email, the tears should not alarm people. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

    The tarps on the Missouri State Capitol have torn because of high wind speeds. Missouri Office of Administration Public Information Specialist Brittany Ruess said in an email, the tears should not alarm people.

    "The covering surrounding the scaffolding is designed to come off when winds reach 50 mph or more," she wrote. "The reason is to prevent lifting and damaging to the scaffolding and building."

    Ruess also said the high winds have not affected the progress of the project and crews work diligently to replace the covering when it comes off.

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