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SAHARA DUST ADVISORY FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

SAHARA DUST ADVISORY FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

May 12, 2023468Views

There is a moderate concentration of concentration of Sahara dust currently over the Virgin Islands. The presence of the Sahara Dust is expected to remain over the territory throughout the weekend and into next week.

People venturing outdoors are asked to be careful.

The presence of the Sahara Dust Layer reduces the air quality over the Virgin Islands

Air quality across the Virgin Islands has been reduced due to the presence of a moderate concentration of Saharan dust.

There are some negative impacts with Saharan dust:

  • it can reduce air quality,
  • cause eye irritation, and can also
  • cause sinus and respiratory problems.

 

Persons most likely to experience problems due to exposure to the Saharan Dust are:

  • Children
  • Elderly persons
  • People with respiratory illnesses
  • People with chronic cardio-pulmonary diseases

These individuals are asked to exercise caution while outdoors.

If possible, spend more time indoors and choose less strenuous outdoor activities. (Centre for Disease Control)

For more weather information, you can visit the Department of Disaster Management WeatherStem Station on the link provided. http://bvi.weatherstem.com/tortola

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