The wind is blowing at 35 to 45 miles per hour and gusts are reaching up to 50 miles per hour. Traffic was closed before 1 p.m. on southbound Winters Freeway between South 14th Street and Southwest Drive because the wind blew a road sign onto the highway.
Winds are also pulling down power lines, causing scattered outages around Abilene.
A Blowing Dust Advisory is in effect for Abilene, Albany, Anson, Baird, Clyde, Cross Plains, Haskell, Hamlin, Roby, Rotan, Stamford, Sweetwater, Throckmorton and Woodson until 4 p.m.
According to Meteorologist Chris Whited, who is keeping folks updated on Twitter, the highest wind gusts as of noon were: Abilene - 48, Dyess AFB - 45, Sweetwater - 57, Snyder - 59, Breckenridge - 44, Brownwood - 41.