SCAQMD Issues Dust Advisory for Parts of LA County

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – With gusty winds in the forecast, the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a dust advisory today for parts of Los Angeles County, warning that blowing dust can lead to unhealthy air quality.

The advisory will be in effect until 3 pm Tuesday for coastal and central Los Angeles County and the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.

The AQMD warned that the high winds and dry conditions can lead to air quality levels ranging from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups.

“Air quality can vary hour by hour and by location depending on wind conditions,” according to the agency. “South Coast AQMD encourages those in areas of direct impact to limit exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed and avoiding vigorous physical activity.”

Blowing dust can also lead to poor visibility for motorists.

The advisory came amid high wind warning that will be in effect until 10 am Tuesday in the Los Angeles County mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley. A less severe wind advisory will be in place until 10 am Tuesday in the San Gabriel Valley, Malibu Coast, Santa Monica Mountains, county beaches, the San Fernando Valley and inland coast including downtown Los Angeles. A wind advisory will be in effect until 9 pm Tuesday in the Antelope Valley and until 3 am Tuesday on Catalina Island.

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