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Strong winds kick up dust, debris in IE

March 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A big rig was no match for the strong winds that toppled it onto its side near Cabazon on Monday afternoon.

Powerful winds kicked up dust and debris along the Banning Pass, reducing visibility for drivers in the area.

People had to fight gusty conditions throughout the low desert.

Brandon Lopez of Riverside was on his way to Arizona when heavy winds forced him to pull over and secure his truck .

"All of our stuff is flying around," he said. "It's hard to work around it."

In the high desert, tumbleweeds rolled along the roadway, some into the path of passing vehicles.

Tuesday Nickels said she struggled to get just one of her Apple Valley store's flags out on display.

"I put the one flag out because it wanted to fall over and I didn't want it to go down the street," Nickels said.