Strong wind around trees worsens the air quality in Stockton

STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) – Counties of Stanislaus and San Joaquin saw some of the highest gusts of wind in the area, knocking down trees and throwing dust into the valley air.

Ray Harris said he was in disbelief when his neighbor alerted him to the wind damage in his home.

“Oh man, I mean, that’s – that’s incredible,” said Harris. “My heart fell. I rushed here and the damn tree fell. “

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When Harris got home, he found that the large tree that once stood in his garden had collapsed on the roof of his house. Nobody was home at the time.

“Thank goodness no one was hurt, so I’m really happy and excited about it,” said Harris. “But yeah, now we have to remove and cut the tree and get it from the house and see what damage is done to the house.”

The high winds also created dangerous conditions, forcing district officials to prematurely close Oak Grove Regional Park. Throughout Stockton, drivers had to navigate around trees and branches on the streets.

The City of Stockton told FOX40 that they have two crews who will respond to fallen trees. The city’s backup contractor was also on standby to respond if necessary.

In addition to property damage, the strong winds also cause health problems. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued a health warning that is valid through Tuesday evening.

“If you inhale fine dust in the form of dust, the risk of respiratory infections increases significantly,” explains Anthony Presto, who represents the district, “which worsen asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.”

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“We are already seeing unhealthy levels of particulate matter all over the valley,” said Presto.

Between the fallen trees and the dusty, hazy sky, the Air District recommends avoiding wind-blown dust whenever possible.

“By staying inside and making sure all the windows and doors in your house are closed,” said Presto.

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