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Blowing Dust Advisory
Issued: 10:35 AM MDT Aug. 14, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Blowing dust advisory in effect from 5 PM this afternoon to
11 PM MST this evening...

The National Weather Service in Tucson has issued a blowing dust
advisory, which is in effect from 5 PM this afternoon to 11 PM
MST this evening.

* Impacts... blowing dust can restrict visibilities below a mile
posing a significant hazard to motorists. In addition... strong
and gusty winds will likely suspend dust into the air that
people and animals breathe. Individuals with heart disease and
respiratory sensitivities may want to reduce their level of
exertion to limit the dust they breathe into their lungs...
especially if they are near dust-prone locations. Those most
at risk may feel better of they avoid outside exercise today...
keeping windows and doors closed to help reduce exposure.

* Timing... areas of blowing dust will be possible from 5 PM MST
this evening through 11 PM MST tonight.

* Winds... gusty winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible.

* Visibility... reduced visiblities of less than 1 mile in blowing
dust will be possible, with localized areas down to one-quarter
of a mile in dust prone locations including Interstate 10 from
Marana northwest through Pinal County into the Casa Grande area.

* For a detailed view of the hazard area... visit
weather.Gov/Tucson and click on the detailed hazards icon

* current air pollution levels are available from the Pima
County department of environmental quality website at
www.Pima.Gov/deq or by calling (520) 724-7446

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A blowing dust advisory means that blowing dust will restrict
visibilities below one mile in some areas. Travelers are urged to
use caution. If you encounter localized dense blowing dust...
especially near plowed fields or construction sites... do not
drive into it if at all possible.

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