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Whipping winds around Utah’s Great Salt Lake and Salt Lake City have led to dust advisories – and the possibility of health impacts to the surrounding community.
Images from the National Weather Service (NWS) show hazy skies and dust clouds impacting highways.
Utah drivers were warned to use caution when traveling, or to stop driving altogether.
Experts have warned that dust from the exposed lake bed, where there are metals and toxins like arsenic, is potentially hazardous.
The lake has been shrinking amid severe drought in the West, and the U.S. Drought Monitor shows 78.29% of the region currently in moderate to exceptional drought.
According to FOX 13, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality is advising those who are sensitive to dust and people with respiratory conditions to monitor warnings and consider moving indoors.
The station said the state’s Department of Natural Resources said the Great Salt Lake may be weeks from dropping to a new historic low.
KUER reported that lawmakers had recently suggested looking into building a Pacific Ocean pipeline to bring water to the lake.
Last summer, the Great Salt Lake already dropped to a record low, with receding waters impacting local wildlife.