Huge clouds of dust are moving across the Ocean from the Sahara Desert in Africa and advancing toward the United States,media BGR reported. This rare weather phenomenon has been seen in the past, but researchers say it is a particularly large and violent cloud of dust that has not been seen in half a century.
Dust clouds can cause a sharp drop in air quality to the point where the public is at risk, especially when the public already has respiratory diseases, and it can pose a health hazard. The Godzilla Dust Cloud is sweeping across the Caribbean and is expected to eventually reach the U.S. coast.
Dust clouds of this size are not common. The National Weather Service is closely monitoring the situation, reporting that visibility drops to 5 miles, even though the worst of the dust clouds is yet to arrive.
In the image posted on Twitter, the sky in Puerto Rico was very hazy. Weather watchers had anticipated the incident a few days ago, and the National Weather Service even held a live facebook session to help residents in the area prepare for an impending disaster.
The timing of the sandstorm couldn’t have been worse. The coronavirus pandemic is still sweeping the globe, and the area approaching by sandstorms is no exception. Infected individuals, whether they know it or not, may increase the risk of serious health complications due to the combination of dust and their damaged lungs.
In Barbados, the Barbados Bureau of Meteorology issued a statement urging people to put personal health and safety first. “Severe Saharan dust outbreaks continue to affect islands and marine areas,” a public warning read. “Residents, tourists and marine users should be prepared to take action as significant dust and fog continues to reduce visibility throughout the island and marine areas. People with respiratory problems or allergies must bring all relevant prescription drugs when travelling or have all relevant prescription drugs at hand in case of need. “
The dust is expected to affect the southern United States in the coming days, creating smog gyane skies and possibly reducing air quality to dangerous levels.