Yuma County seeing dangerous levels of pollution

Yuma County seeing dangerous levels of pollution

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) – Yuma County residents with asthma and other breathing disorders should avoid the outdoors today.

The National Weather Service has issued a high pollution advisory in the area over strong and gusty winds that are generating blowing dust and coarse particles.

The NWS says this poses a health risk and can aggravate heart and lung disease conditions, especially in older adults, children and those with asthma. It recommends decreased physical activity.

The advisory recommends residents avoid dirt roads along with fireplaces and gas-powered lawn equipment.

The advisory is for Tuesday.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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