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Truck Drivers Prepare for High Speed Winds

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PASCO, WA- Tuesday, wind speeds ended up reaching close to 70 miles per hour in the afternoon. In the morning we went to King City Truck Stop to talk with some truck drivers as they started to prepare for their schedules routes. 

We talked to some truck drivers who said they try to avoid the interstate all together when it comes to such bad weather conditions. Richard Reynolds is bringing 90,000 pounds of bails of hay up to Canada and told us, "well if it gets so bad, its blowing trees down, power lines down and cars off the road, yeah you're gonna have to find a place to park for safety reasons". 

For Bill Ramsey, he told us his company plays a big role in calling of the trip, "company doesn't like to put ourselves in jeopardy or the public and that's the main thing keeping the public safe". Ramsey even told us that he has been blown across the line divider in the past because of strong winds and that is part of why he doesn't take any chances anymore. 

Truckers who we talked to today were concerned with other vehicles traveling because wind makes their semi trucks sway so easily. They wanted to remind drivers to be extra cautious when driving near large trucks on the freeway and interstate and to leave distance between your vehicle and theirs.