The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an alert to Kansans to the potential air quality impact from Saharan dust, Friday afternoon.

The Saharan dust comes from the Sahara Desert in Africa, where storms can lift the dust into the atmosphere. Dust is picked up by trade winds and carried thousands of miles across the Atlantic and eventually to the U.S. The particulate matter from this event currently has the potential to impact Kansas.

Particulate matter can cause health problems, even in healthy individuals. Common health problems include burning eyes, a runny nose, coughing and illnesses such as bronchitis. Individuals with respiratory issues, pre-existing heart or lung diseases, children and the elderly may experience worse symptoms.

Some steps to protect your health on days when particulate matter is present in your community may include: limiting or avoiding strenuous outdoor exercise, remaining indoors if you have respiratory or heart-related conditions, keeping indoor air clean by closing doors and windows and running air conditioners with air filters, keeping hydrated by drinking lots of water and contacting your doctor if you experience symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or severe fatigue.

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Elrod

You are crazy Mr. Lukert. You have Trump on your brain so bad, I bet you can’t even sleep. Like others have said, you really do need to see a shrink.

cropduster1

You're delusional Gary

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

Everyone should google this as it is fascinating! It happens every year, but this year it is bigger and lower to the ground which is why it is getting so much attention. The dust storm itself actually has a couple of positive effects on nature. Check out the story at NPR with short 3 minute video as it is excellent. One tends to fear the unknown, so knowledge is good! There are also trackers online to watch the movement. I am hoping the incoming rain and storms will steer it away from the state.

Gary Lukert

What? You aren't blaming Obama? It isn't a Democratic Hoax? I am stunned. Not fearing the Unknown? Well, the passengers on the Titanic didn't fear the Unknown Iceberg...many died. And, even if they would have, even if that had known and feared it. People with lung problems might want to wear a mask. Oh, darn, that's just a Democratic Scare tactic to hurt Trump! Go to Bed!

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