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High winds blow dust impacting Central California air quality

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – A thin mist is hovering over central California as gale-force winds blow dust and smoke across the area.

The National Weather Service in Hanford said a wind warning was in place until 9 a.m., with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour hitting parts of the valley early Friday morning. The wind will continue throughout the day.

South Valley communities have been hit hardest by deteriorating air quality, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching dangerous conditions in some areas, such as Lemoore, Corcoran, Avenal and Stratford, according to AQI Map by AirNow.

Hanford’s AQI was unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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Cloudy skies were also visible over Fresno due to dust and smoke from a big fire in a car unit south of the city that occurred on Thursday.

The San Joaquin Valley air pollution control district has warned residents to avoid outdoor activities in affected areas.

Conditions were expected to worsen throughout the day, said ABC30 weather anchor Shayla Girardin.

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