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High winds prompt warning for drivers in Lolo, Florence areas

Posted at 12:42 PM, Feb 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 14:01:39-05

MISSOULA — UPDATE: 1:05 p.m. - 2.1.20

Authorities have rescinded the earlier emergency travel only warning for a section of US Highway 93 South in the Lolo and Florence areas.

(first report: 12:42 p.m. - 2.1.20)

High winds in the Bitterroot Valley have prompted law enforcement to issue a warning for drivers on US Highway 93.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has issued a "wind alert" for US Highway 93 South between mile marker 82 and mile marker 76 in the Lolo and Florence areas.

People are being urged to shelter in place and emergency travel only is being advised.

Additionally, winds have brought down power lines and trees along a section of the Eastside Highway in Florence.

The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office reports that northbound traffic on a section of the Eastside Highway is being diverted.

People are being reminded not to approach downed power lines or trees.