Air quality health alert issued for northeastern Wyoming

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Blowing dust Thursday driven by wind gusts as high as 50 mph has prompted an air quality health alert for the Powder River Basin, according to the National Weather Service.

The health alert went into effect at 6 a.m. Sept. 22, and will continue until 4 p.m. this afternoon, per NWS, which says the strong winds are creating hazardous blowing dust.

As of this morning, southeast winds between 25 and 40 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph, were forecasted for the area, according to NWS.

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According to the Wyoming Air Quality Division, the elderly, young children, and individuals with respiratory problems should avoid excessive physical exertion and seek to minimize outdoor activities as much as possible at this time.

Other residents, aside from those most susceptible to air quality health impacts, should also avoid prolonged exposure to the poor air quality conditions, per NWS.