Blizzard pummels South Dakota, stranding motorists

Associated Press - November 7, 2008 9:33 AM ET

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - There's almost 4 ft. of snow in the Black Hills, where wind gusts of more than 50 mph are blowing. State officials say anyone thinking about driving in western South Dakota shouldn't try it.

Dozens of motorists are already stranded by a blizzard that's left thousands of power customers in the dark, and state officials say it's going to keep causing problems as it moves east.

A long stretch of Interstate 90, where dozens of vehicles are trapped, is already closed. Some motorists have been stranded for more than 24 hours, and South Dakota's governor says search teams can't get to them because of 0 visibility.

There have been more than 400 calls for assistance, though no fatalities have been reported.

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