Officials warn Iowans about strong winds

Wind gusts in Eastern Iowa could reach 60 mph

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Iowa officials are warning residents to be cautious of strong winds that are causing numerous driving accidents around the state.

The state Department of Transportation says gusts of wind could reach 60 mph in eastern Iowa, and up to 50 mph in central Iowa.

The Iowa DOT and Iowa State Patrol have reported numerous traffic accidents due to high winds and blowing snow. Some are multi-vehicle crashes involving jack-knifed vehicles and semitrailers unable to climb steep inclines. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads until midnight.

A chain reaction involving semitrailers and passenger cars caused a 25-car crash Thursday on Interstate 35 about 60 miles north of Des Moines. At least one person was killed.

An overnight snow storm has dumped several inches of snow around the state.

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