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High winds could bring dust storms

Winds expected to increase pollution

The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind advisory for Tuesday afternoon that could affect motorists traveling in Southern Arizona.

A storm system moving into Arizona will bring high winds with gusts expected to reach as high as 60 mph, according to the NWS.

An air-quality advisory also was issued by the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality warning people of particulate pollution caused by the winds.

Particulate matter is made up of tiny specks of soot, dust, and aerosols suspended in the air, PCDEQ said.

Anyone with heart or respiratory problems are advised to stay inside through Tuesday evening.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning motorists of the possibility of dust storms along highways, including Interstates 10 and 8.

Drivers are urged to use caution, and in the event of low visibility are advised to:

  • Check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and not near where any vehicles may travel.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.
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High winds Tuesday are expected to increase the chances of dust storms and particulate pollution in the air.