The Georgia Department of Public Health said Saturday that the dust cloud is expected to remain around for the next few days and people, especially those with chronic lung disease, should protect themselves.
It is normal for Saharan dust to reach the United States every hurricane season, but this year’s cloud is historic, meteorologists said. Georgia health officials say the dust has been the densest in 50-60 years.
Air quality alerts for dust are published in different parts of the Ohio River Valley, the Middle Atlantic and the southeast, CNN meteorologists said Sunday.
Dust can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, and those with allergies or asthma may experience wheezing.
Georgia health officials urged residents to limit time spent outdoors if it appears dusty or hazy. Indoors, residents should keep their windows and doors closed and operate the air conditioner with the fresh air intake closed.
Another round of Saharan dust is expected to impact areas of Texas and the Gulf Coast of Louisiana by the middle of the week, CNN meteorologists said, but it will not be as dense as the plume that currently affects the south. East.