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High winds close I-40 east of Flagstaff for hours

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A 33-mile stretch of Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff in northern Arizona was closed in both directions for nearly 11 hours because of strong winds and reduced visibility.
 
The Department of Transportation says I-40 between Winslow and Twin Arrows was closed from about 7 a.m. Tuesday until about 6:15 p.m.
 
Authorities say gusts of up to 60 mph were recorded Tuesday in the Winslow area and sustained winds were in the 20 mph range most of the day.
 
The closure of I-40 was from Seligman in northwestern Arizona eastward to the Arizona-New Mexico line.
 
It resulted in a 12-mile backup before traffic could be diverted.

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