Strong winds could cause poor air quality near Oceano, Nipomo

dsneed@thetribunenews.comSeptember 25, 2013 

With gale-force winds predicted along the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County officials are warning the public of deteriorating air quality in the Oceano Dunes and Nipomo Mesa areas due to blowing dust and sand.

Wind speeds are predicted to be from 36 to 46 miles per hour with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour along the coast. Particulate health warnings are in effect Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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, said county Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein.

County officials recommend that the public reschedule outdoor activities to occur when there is no visible blowing dust. If blowing dust and sand is visible in the air, county officials recommend all adults and children avoid strenuous outdoor activity, remain indoors as much as possible, and set any heating, air conditioning, ventilation systems to recirculation.

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