Los Angeles/New York. People in the US are exposed to harmful air quality and severe heatwaves due to smoke from wildfires in Canada. About 87 million people are at risk of poor air quality due to smoke from Canada’s wildfires, according to the tracking service IQAir.com. Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis are among the top four cities with the world’s worst air quality. The US National Weather Service (NWS) issued an air quality alert on Wednesday for at least 20 states from Minnesota to Georgia in the south.
Unhealthy levels of smoke are expected for a wide swath of the Midwest today. Smoke from wildfires in Canada is impacting the area.
If you have to be outside, take breaks indoors and consider using an N-95 mask to help reduce the smoke you breathe in.https://t.co/CVx9g8Hm1q pic.twitter.com/ewig73ubQ7
— National Weather Service (@NWS) June 28, 2023
This air quality alert also extended to the Northeast, including New York State and New Jersey. The NWS tweeted, “Smoke levels are expected to be hazardous to health across a wide portion of the Midwest today. Smoke from wildfires in Canada is affecting the region.” The NWS suggests, “If you must be outside, use an N-95 mask to help reduce smoke indoors.” Consider. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoke and ash from wildfires can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, causing people to cough and have difficulty breathing. The most effective way to avoid smoke is to stay indoors.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul on Wednesday expanded an air quality health advisory to the entire state and announced that her office will use emergency cell phone alerts for the first time to notify residents about air quality. “With smoke from Canadian wildfires affecting air quality across our state once again this week, we are urging New Yorkers to remain vigilant,” the governor said in a statement.
We are placing emergency cell phone alerts to ensure New Yorkers have the latest information, and we are continuing to monitor conditions and coordinate with local counties to distribute masks.” Meanwhile, NBC News reports that about 69 million people are facing heat alerts, including not only the South and Southeast, but also the Midwest and California. As per reports, there is a possibility of widespread hailstorm in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Recent inclement weather has resulted in a large number of flights being canceled or arriving late.
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