Dust cloud subsides; I-10 in Madison, Suwannee counties reopens

Dust from newly plowed fields have reduced visibility on I-10 to the point that the FHP has closed the highway in Suwannee and Madison counties. (Florida Department of Transportation photo)

Dust blown from several freshly plowed fields near Interstate 10 in Madison and Suwanee counties due to Thursday’s gusty winds dropped visibility to near zero and forced the Florida Highway Patrol detour traffic off the highway for hours.

I-10 was closed both directions for part of Madison and Suwanne counties between the 263 and 271 mile markers from before noon until 5:15 p.m.

Morning Show meteorologist Richard Nunn said the high winds were part of a line of severe storms moving across the state from the west. Sustained wind gusts of 20 mph are expected in the afternoon and gusts could reach 35 mph.

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A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.