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Wind gusts, heavy rain creates hazardous conditions for truck drivers traveling through SE Wisconsin

Posted at 12:28 PM, Feb 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-25 13:31:59-05

MILWAUKEE -- A wind advisory remains in effect until 3 p.m. Sunday for southeastern Wisconsin counties along the lakefront. Wind gusts and heavy rain are never a good combination when it comes to those on the road. 

“It’s super windy out here and the truck that I have is empty right now so it kind of sways a little bit,” said Ezekiel Collins of Milwaukee.  

Especially those who make a living doing it like Collins. 

“It definitely gets pretty scary, especially when you kind of get close to the side of the edge, your truck kind of wants to slide off,” he said. 

With a wind advisory in effect until Sunday afternoon, Collins said the potential for 40 MPH gusts has him calling it a night.  

“Every once in a while I might stop on the side of the road and wait awhile,” he said. 

Semi-truck driver Walter Beard, on the other hand, was ready to head back out after a stop for gas in Oak Creek.   

“No it doesn’t bother me, doesn’t phase me one bit,” he said. 

Beard said that’s because his big rig is fully loaded en route to Maryland. He’s more worried about the drivers around him. 

“The best thing you can do is be aware of those semi-rigs because you can’t stop on a dime,” said Beard. 

During these conditions, Beard and Collins both urge those on the road to stay below the speed limit, make sure vehicle lights are working and leave truck drivers plenty of distance. 
“I think a lot of times you got drivers that are driving over the road that wanna hurry up and get to their spot,” said Collins.