Chicago, Concerns about the Great Lakes region’s air quality as well as in some areas of central and eastern America are being raised by the hazy curtains that are being produced by smoke that is drifting from the current wildfires in Canada.
The worst air quality in the US on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow.gov website, was found in Illinois, lower Michigan, and southern Wisconsin, with Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee’s air quality being deemed as “very unhealthy.”
As hazy clouds shroud the skylines of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a record-breaking 23rd air quality advisory for Minnesota was issued Tuesday through late Wednesday night across much of the state. The state of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has issued an advisory on the air quality. A state-wide air quality warning was also issued by the Department of Natural Resources of Wisconsin.
Officials in Chicago recommended citizens with health difficulties, children, and older people to spend more time indoors.
“Just driving into the zoo… you could just see around the buildings, kind of just haze,” said Shelly Woinowski, who was at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Due to the bad air quality on Tuesday, some daycare centres in the Chicago area have informed parents that their children would be indoors only. However, one youth sports organisation claims that it has altered its activities to include extra indoor time.
According to a press release from Mayor Brandon Johnson, “as long as these unsafe conditions persist, the city will continue to provide updates and take prompt action to ensure that vulnerable people have the resources they need to protect themselves and their families.”
According to Executive Director Leif Erickson, Flight for Life Wisconsin was unable to respond to a motorcycle-van crash in the Milwaukee area because the Federal Aviation Administration requires 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) of visibility, and the visibility was only between 3/4 and 1.5 miles (1.2-2.4 kilometres) due to the hazy skies.
According to Bryan Jackson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, smoke from fires in northern Quebec and low pressure over the eastern Great Lakes is spreading over northern Michigan, southern Wisconsin, and Chicago.
Jackson noted that the smoke would travel further south on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, reaching Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.
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