WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — As high winds blow through Kansas, many towns on the west side of the state are getting hit with a dust storm on Friday.

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Stay safe

If you get caught in a dust storm while driving, the Kansas Highway Patrol gave these tips to stay safe:

  • Avoid driving into or through a dust storm if possible.
  • While driving through dust and smoke make sure to have your headlights on.
  • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • Do not stop in a travel lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from other vehicles.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers, while parked.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake pedal.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelt buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.
  • A driver’s alertness and safe driving ability is still the number one factor to prevent crashes.