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Windy Wednesday Warned

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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Clark County has issued an advisory from the Department of Air Quality warning of blowing dust expected in the Valley on Wednesday.

Residents and the operators of local construction sites are being alerted to the possibility of high winds.

According to a statement from DAQ, “at this time, unhealthy levels of dust are not occurring. As part of the county’s dust-control program, air quality officials are sending notices to construction sites in the Las Vegas Valley and other outlying areas in the County, asking them to take precautions to prevent blowing dust.”

The statement says, “Under windy conditions, localized or valley-wide areas of blowing dust are likely to occur. Airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter, or PM, which aggravates respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. It may be best for children, the elderly, and people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors during dust storms. If you are experiencing breathing difficulties or medical conditions that you think are related to air quality, see your doctor.”

The county advises the following during the windy, dusty conditions:

• Drive slowly on unpaved roads.

• Don’t take short cuts across vacant lots.

• Ride off-road vehicles in approved areas outside the urban Las Vegas Valley.

• Fence off barren property or cover it with gravel, rock, or desert-friendly landscaping.

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