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    High Winds Diminish from Dakotas to Kansas

    By , AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
    October 19, 2012; 5:28 AM ET
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    Wind gusts as high as 70 mph rattled the northern and central Plains into Thursday evening.

    As a result, there were plenty of downed tree limbs, flying debris and travel delays. Blowing dust and low visibility led to dangerous conditions on some area roadways over the High Plains.

    For some areas, Thursday was the second, if not the third, day in a row of strong winds.

    In drought areas, especially from portions of eastern Colorado to central Kansas and northern Oklahoma, the strong winds, combined with dry brush, caused several wildfires to explode, especially across western Nebraska.

    A powerful storm will linger over Minnesota and Wisconsin. The strongest winds are occurring away from the center of the storm on its western and southern flank.

    The good news is the storm causing the dangerous cross winds and travel difficulties will unwind Friday.

    While it will still be rather blustery over portions of the Midwest, by the weekend, winds will come down to tranquil levels throughout the Plains and the Midwest.

    Thumbnail image of the American flag flapping in the breeze by kkant1937 for Photos.com

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