‘Historic’ Caribbean Dust Storm Shows Value of Forecast Services: UN Weather Agency

A dust storm which originated in the Sahara in Africa has arrived in the Caribbean. (Photo via WMO)
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(United Nations News) A massive dust storm currently blanketing many parts of the Caribbean, posing a significant threat to regional health, has revealed the importance of having effective warning systems in place, the World Meteorological Office (WMO) said on Friday.

The storm arrived in the Eastern Caribbean from North Africa last week, affecting a wide area so far, spanning from the northern coast of South America to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Daily life affected

“Sand and dust storms are severe hazards that can affect weather, climate, the environment, health, economies, transport and agriculture in many parts of the world”, said Dr. Oksana Tarasova, Head of WMO’s Atmospheric Environment Research Division.

“The ongoing dust storm, which has affected daily life in the Caribbean, shows the importance of forecast and warning services.”

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