Strong winds cause breathing, dust problems in Arizona - Tucson News Now

Strong winds cause breathing, dust problems in Arizona

Conditions along I-10 in Cochise County can quickly deteriorate during windy weather. (Source: KOLD News 13) Conditions along I-10 in Cochise County can quickly deteriorate during windy weather. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

For the sixth time this year, Interstate 10 between Arizona and New Mexico was closed for for hours Friday because of blowing dust. 

Some times it's in Arizona. Sometime it's in New Mexico. But the result is the same. A 100-mile detour for travelers. 

Three times this year its been closed at milepost 274, the site of a newly planted pecan grove. 

It's a strain on the Arizona Department of Public Safety's small force in this part of the state. 

Sgt. Mike White, who was recently deployed from Phoenix said they have to reconfigure what people do when the freeway gets closed and traffic has to be rerouted.

"It's a stress on the department, on all of us," he said.

But the unpredictable winds are also causing problems in Tucson.

Wind gusts of more than 40 miles per hour forced Pima County to issue a wind advisory, the third this year according to Beth Gorman, Senior Program Manager at the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.

Some years, there are no advisories but the weather is more unpredictable this year.

"Some years it's really good and levels are low and some years it's higher," she said. "We can't control the weather, we can't control the wind."

The advisory recommended people with heart disease, respiratory issues or have had past issues with particulates, to stay indoors.

The elderly and children should consider limited physical activity. 

"March is just a bad month for wind," she said. "It's a problem, it's definitely a big problem." 

The Secret Service is asking the public to keep an eye out for counterfeit money that is circulating in various places, including Tucson.

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