A Sahara dust storm has traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and is currently covering parts of the U.S. mainland.
The plume of dust is worsening air quality, leading to increased respiratory risks in the middle of a pandemic. The Saharan dust storm reached Puerto Rico on Sunday and has since covered parts of Mexico and Cuba.
The Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique are suffering the worst. The storm is expected to continue reaching parts of the U.S. this weekend, including Texas who is already suffering from an increase in COVID-19 cases. It will bring about in some cases less than a half-mile of poor visibility, according to CBS news.
Much of the US will be feeling & seeing the effects of dust from the African Sahara later this week and weekend. The dust can cause respiratory problems for those with lung issues. It also gives the sun a dull, gray white appearance, without much of a visual sunset. @CBSMiami pic.twitter.com/liCU7gZCn5
— Craig Setzer (@CraigSetzer) June 23, 2020