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Winds that ravaged state Tuesday expected to recede Wednesday

April 29, 2014 Updated: April 29, 2014 at 10:03 pm
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photo - New Life Church employee Michael Callahan struggles as he attempts to remove the flag of Colombia from its pole around the World Prayer Center as strong winds moved into the area Tuesday, April 29, 2014. All flags, not including the American flag, were taken down as gusts as high as **** whipped across the region. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
New Life Church employee Michael Callahan struggles as he attempts to remove the flag of Colombia from its pole around the World Prayer Center as strong winds moved into the area Tuesday, April 29, 2014. All flags, not including the American flag, were taken down as gusts as high as **** whipped across the region. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

Wind gusts up to 60 mph ravaged parts of the state Tuesday, blowing semitrucks onto their sides and closing highways for hours.

Although high winds are expected in Colorado Springs and across the state for the rest of this week, they're not expected to be as intense as Tuesday's gusts, forecasters said.

Heavy winds Tuesday caused thick dust and poor visibility, which prompted the Colorado Department of Transportation to close several highways.

Interstate 70 was closed for about four hours from Stratton to Burlington, and Colorado 71 from Ordway to Limon was closed for hours as well, CDOT said.

U.S. 40 was closed for a while from Limon to Kit Carson, according to CDOT. Loveland Pass remained closed late Tuesday due to adverse weather.

A high wind warning blanketed much of eastern Colorado, including El Paso County and the Denver metropolitan area into Tuesday evening.

Winds were predicted to lessen through Friday, said forecasters with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

"We definitely won't see" continued high winds like those that whipped through Tuesday, weather service meteorologist Patrick Cioffi said. "Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be breezy and nothing like today's."

However, he said the region could experience gusts up to 20 mph and perhaps 30 mph.

That's in sharp contrast to Tuesday's storm.

Around noon, Limon was reporting light rain with winds of 45 mph and gusts up to 60 mph, the weather service said.

Wind speeds reached near 55 mph near the Air Force Academy in northern Colorado Springs and up to 45 mph closer to downtown, said meteorologist Kyle Mozley.

Around noon, winds in Colorado Springs were blowing about 30 mph with gusts up to 41 mph, the weather service said.

The weather service advised that any loose items, such as lawn furniture, should be taken indoors or secured. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more could damage property, the weather service said.

Colorado Springs is expected to see partly sunny skies and a high near 50 degrees Wednesday, with wind gusts up to 30 mph.

Perhaps May will bring the region's weather "lamb."

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