Gusty winds prompt warning on blowing dust in Oceano, Nipomo Mesa

dsneed@thetribunenews.comMay 22, 2013 

With winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour along the coast, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District has issued a blowing dust and sand alert for Oceano and the Nipomo Mesa, which will last through next Tuesday.

Unhealthy air conditions are forecast to last from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a peak dust period from 1 to 5 p.m. The springtime is typically the worst time of year for blowing dust inland of the Oceano Dunes.

County health officials recommend that everyone stay indoors and avoid strenuous activity when blowing dust is visible. If necessary, sensitive people should leave the area while dust is blowing.

“Very sensitive individuals such as infants, as well as children and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditions may experience adverse health effects during blowing dust periods,” the air district said in a news release.

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