Strong winds shut down I-84 from La Grande to Pendleton; roads now open


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    PENDLETON, Ore. - [UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.] Interstate 84 is back open in both directions after transportation officials said it closed for roughly three hours due to strong winds.

    The Oregon State Department of Transportation said winds, crashes and other hazardous conditions prompted the closure around noon Friday.

    Officials say while the strong winds have died down, drivers are urged to slow down and watch for blowing debris.

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    Strong winds are preventing travelers from driving Interstate 84 in northeast Oregon Friday afternoon.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation reported I-84 is closed in both directions between La Grande and Pendleton due to windy conditions, with gusts of up to 90 miles per hour reported. Sections of OR 11 between Pendleton and Milton-Freewater are also closed.

    Officials said at least one truck appears to have blown over the road.

    They said flying debris including dirt, rocks, and branches is creating a hazard for drivers, and causing visibility to be impaired.

    Those planning to travel are asked to wait out the storm and avoid areas where trees may blow down onto the roadways. Current road conditions can be found here.

    Windy conditions are expected to continue to late Friday afternoon and the roads are likely to remain closed until 5 or 6 p.m., according to ODOT. Roads will be open once conditions become safe for travelers.

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