Gusty winds prompt health warning from Valley Air District

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February 07 2021 03:30 pm

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The potential for blowing dusty from gusty winds in the Valley from Thursday evening through Saturday night has prompted warnings from local air pollution officials.

The northern and western parts of the Valley will be the first areas to see the potential influence, with impacts likely covering the entire area on Saturday.

A low-pressure system rolling through the Valley will produce moderate to gusty winds that will potentially cause localized blowing dust where soils are very dry – elevating concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10), Spokeswoman Cassandra Melching said. Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

Melching said people with heart or lung disease should follow their doctors’ advice for dealing with episodes of particulate exposure where conditions warrant.

Additionally, older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure or heavy exertion, depending on their local conditions.

For more information, visit www.valleyair.org or call a District office in Fresno (559-230-6000).

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