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Saharan dust storm blows towards eastern U.S.

An enormous dust storm from North Africa is inching nearer to the United States.

An enormous dust storm from the Northern Sahara desert in Africa is making its manner throughout the Atlantic and towards the southeastern United States.

The storm has already blanketed parts of Europe, inflicting hazy skies and brown-tinted sunsets. 

Saharan dust storms can stretch across entire continents. In June of 2020 a big plume of dust moved throughout the Atlantic and stretched into parts of Florida and Texas. The haze created from the dust cloud resulted in poor air situations and was stated to might have contributed to respiratory points related to COVID-19. 

“They can literally cover hundreds to over 2,000 kilometers as they spread along the Equator,” stated Meteorologist Alex Tardy from the National Weather Service.

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“It happens when hot air lifts the dust several hundred feet to almost a mile high and easterly trade winds push the storms across the Atlantic,” stated Tardy. In most instances it is up round 5,000 to fifteen,000 toes so we see it like we see smoke from wildfires.”

Tardy says the dust may have an effect on folks with respiratory situations and end in poor air high quality.

It remains to be unclear whether or not this storm will attain the east coast. That will rely upon the energy of the winds over the weekend. 

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