A huge cloud of sand and dust from the Sahara desert, carried by the winds, is currently suffocate the Caribbean, including the French west Indies, and has even begun to affect Wednesday, the Florida, have warned the american authorities, and French.
The air quality is so degraded in Miami, the health officers of the metropolis is advising residents with respiratory problems to stay at home.
The cloud of particles may pollute the air in Florida until next week, have warned the authorities of the peninsula.
These days various islands of the arc caribbean, such as Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, or Martinique, have seen their sky darken because of this cloud.
A “mist of sand” crosses the Atlantic for thousands of miles, pushed by the trade winds, is a conventional event, according to meteorologists. But this year, the phenomenon reached an intensity unprecedented since decades.
We observe “areas of dust from the Sahara on the cuban capital, but it is tomorrow (Thursday) morning that will place the highest concentration,” said on Facebook, meteorologist cuban José Rubiera.
“Dr. Olga Mayol university of Puerto Rico, an island heavily affected by the cloud of dust, estimated that this year, the intensity is the strongest in the past 50 or 60 years,” he said.
Tuesday, in Guadeloupe, in the French west Indies, the concentration of fine particles PM10 in the air far exceeded the alert threshold, namely 80 ?g/m3 averaged over 24 hours, said the prefecture of Guadeloupe in a joint press release with Gwad’Air, control the air quality of the territory.
The prefecture of Guadeloupe and Martinique, another French territory in the Caribbean, have triggered the “alert procedures”.
The phenomenon is due to a mass of dry hot air raises temperatures but also blocks the formation of tropical cyclones, resulting in a sensation of high heat and less rain.