Strong winds Monday were causing problems for drivers in and around Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley.
A red flag warning was warning was scheduled until 8 p.m. Monday for eastern Riverside County as strong gusty winds buffeted the region. The National Weather Service cautioned motorists to watch out for broken tree limbs in the Coachella Valley, along with blowing dust and sand.
Truck Overturns on I-10
Around 10 a.m., a semi-truck traveling eastbound along Interstate 10 in Cathedral City was knocked on its side by the strong winds, according to the California Highway Patrol.
"Reportedly, a gust of wind came up and caused the tractor trailer to basically lose control and overturn," CHP Officer Joe Zagorski told Palm Desert Patch.
That truck, which was lighter than normal since it was not carrying a load, came to rest completely on the passenger side, lying flat across the interstate and blocking the numbers three and four lanes, he said.
"It's completely on its side," Zagorski said.
The truck driver was not hurt, but a passenger did sustain moderate injuries and was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment, he told Patch. Both people were wearing their seat-belts.
A sigalert was issued for the area, but the road should be cleared by 12:30 p.m., according to the CHP spokesman.
Downed Power Pole
Over in Palm Springs, Vista Chino was shut down at the Wash, after a Southern California Edison power pole snapped.
"An SCE power pole in the wash area has broken causing a hazard to those traveling through the wash," Palm Springs Police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said. "SCE has been notified and is responding."
That incident happened around 10:35 a.m., according to the sergeant, who said that the thoroughfare of Vista Chino was subsequently closed in both directions of travel, between Gene Autry Trail and Landau Boulevard.
"Westbound travelers should use southbound Landau to westbound Ramon Road as an alternate route," he recommended. "Eastbound travelers should use southbound Gene Autry Trail to eastbound Ramon Road."
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