Strong winds cause trouble in Siouxland

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Advisory criteria winds caused problems in Siouxland on Monday.
 
Wind gusts stayed upwards of 30 mph all day, peaking at 41 mph in Sioux City. Those gusty winds even caused an electric pole to snap in half draping a power line across Stone Ave. The Fire Department blocked off the road as MidAmerican Energy safely removed the line.
 
See photo above for safety tips on how to handle a downed power line.
 
On top of these gusty winds, the air is very dry. With relative humidity clocking in at less than 30 percent, fire weather is a concern.
 
The Sioux City Fire Deptartment issued a Burning Ban Monday morning until further notice. Concerns sparked Sunday with record heat in Siouxland, and two fires reported on Monday.
 
The Fire Marshal says, even for small backyard fire pits, precautions need to be taken.
 
“The wind can change like today very quickly too, so just be prepared. Have a water source on site, make sure there aren’t a lot of dry combustables in the area where you are burning. Just clear that stuff away before you start” says Mark Aesoph, Sioux City Fire Marshal.
 
High winds are also a concern for truck drivers.
 
“You’re 68 to 70 feet of vehicle, and being a high profile, just… it catches all the wind. You’re like a kite in the wind. Wind will come up and hit you on the side, and next thing you know you’re going over to the passing lane” says David Corrado, truck driver of 23 years.
 
 David says along with the dangers on the road, driving in tedious conditions causes fatigue, another road hazard.
 

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