Wind advisory issued for Valley; blowing dust predicted

The Fresno BeeMay 28, 2014 

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory Wednesday in the central San Joaquin Valley.

The forecast is for winds blowing from the northwest from 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph. The alert is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Drivers of high profile vehicles were advised to proceed cautiously.

Motorists should be on the lookout for blowing dust, particularly where fields have been newly plowed as well as wind-prone areas like the west side, said the NWS.

The possibility of blowing dust also prompted the San Joaquin Valley air district to issue a health advisory for Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera, Merced, Kern, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Dust can be inhaled in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10). Particulate pollution leads to health problems, aggravates lung disease, triggers asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increases risk of respiratory infections.

Seniors and children should avoid exposure to blowing dust, and people with heart or lung disease should seek medical attention if exposed to particulates, the air district said.

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