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Winds, blowing dust close I-40 in northern AZ for hours

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(Source: Calvin Johnson) (Source: Calvin Johnson)
Blowing dust on Interstate 40 on Tuesday morning (Source: ADOT) Blowing dust on Interstate 40 on Tuesday morning (Source: ADOT)
The photos show a progression of limited visibility due to blowing dusts and high winds in the area. (Source: ADOT) The photos show a progression of limited visibility due to blowing dusts and high winds in the area. (Source: ADOT)
Winds closed the highway in both directions. (Source: ADOT) Winds closed the highway in both directions. (Source: ADOT)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

Blinding dust, kicked up by fierce winds, forced the closure of Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The Department of Transportation says I-40 between Winslow and Twin Arrows was closed in both directions from about 7 a.m. until about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said 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 high winds affected traffic from Seligman in northwestern Arizona eastward to the New Mexico state line.

The closure between Winslow and Twin Arrows resulted in a 12-mile backup before traffic could be diverted.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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