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High wind warning, air quality advisory issued in Southern Nevada for Monday

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Oct 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-11 17:56:12-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County has issued an air quality advisory for Monday due to high winds in Southern Nevada.

The Clark County Department of Environment and Sustainability says it issued a dust advisory to advise residents and local construction sites of the possibility of elevated levels of blowing dust due to the forecast of high winds in the area.

Wind speeds of 30 mph - including 40 mph gusts - are expected to begin around noon, potentially causing blowing dust, according to the county.

First Alert Weather Forecast | Oct. 11, 2021

13 Action News meteorologist Kelsey McFarland says wind speeds throughout the valley are expected to be 25-35 mph with gusts as high as 65 mph possible.

Officials say airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution that aggravates respiratory diseases and under windy conditions, people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children may feel better staying indoors as much as possible because they could be at greater risk from particulates.

The EPA’s Air Quality Index translates air quality data into colors to help people understand when they may experience health effects from air pollution. An AQI of 101 or more is considered a level that may be unhealthy for sensitive groups of people. Tips to limit exposure to dust include:

· Limit outdoor exertion on windy days when the dust is in the air. Exercise, for example, makes you breathe heavier and increases the number of particulates you are likely to inhale.
· Keep windows and doors closed.
· Run your air conditioner inside your house and car to filter out particulates.
· Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
· To keep the dust down, drive slowly on unpaved roads.
· Don’t take shortcuts across vacant lots.
· Ride off-road vehicles in approved areas outside the urban Las Vegas Valley.
· Call Environment and Sustainability’s dust complaint hotline at 702-385-DUST (3878) to report excessive amounts of blowing dust from construction sites, vacant lots or facilities.