Central Valley

Valley winds may kick up dust storms, threaten health

Wind gusts as high as 34 mph are expected in the Valley today, prompting the National Weather Service to warn against dust storms after 11 a.m.

Motorists on the Valley's west side are advised to drive with caution. Blowing dust is expected into the evening (get the current forecast).

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a health warning in response to the wind forecast. Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, and increase the risk of respiratory infections, district officials said.