Weather Authority Alert issued for air quality, smoke in Central, Southwest Virginia
A Weather Authority Alert Day has been issued for Monday, July 17, 2023, due to haze and air quality across the region. The alert is set to expire at 9 p.m., and this article will be updated with the latest information throughout the evening.
No one injured in chemical fire at Pittsylvania County manufacturer
CHATHAM, Va. – 10:30 p.m. UpdateThe fire is out at a Pittsylvania County manufacturer as hazmat crews begin to investigate. Pittsylvania County Public Safety Director, Chris Slemp confirmed that there were no injuries in the fire. Ad3:49 p.m. UpdateThe fire at the Tightsqueeze Industrial Park is approximately 90% contained and the chemical smoke has slowed considerably, according to Pittsylvania County Public Safety. 2:23 p.m. UpdateCrews have contained an industrial fire in Pittsylvania County, but officials said its smoke can still cause damage. AdJust before 1:40 p.m., Pittsylvania County Public Safety issued a warning regarding a fire at the Tightsqueeze Industrial Park.
Smoke from western wildfires makes for eerie sunset past two evenings
ROANOKE, Va. – As we wrote about Tuesday, smoke from the wildfires out west made its way to our sky. This, thankfully, has not had a negative impact on our health or air quality. It is, however, creating more haze in the sky and preventing us from heating up much. The smoke particles are also enough to block out a portion’s of the sun’s light, which creates for an eerie and odd-looking sunset. Several of your pictures in the gallery below show that.
Passengers evacuated after smoke found in plane cockpit at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport
ROANOKE, Va. Passengers on a flight heading to Philadelphia from Roanoke were evacuated due to smoke in the cockpit, according to a Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport spokesperson. Smoke was found in the cockpit of American Airlines flight 4873 as it was preparing to take off, and the passengers were evacuated, according to Bradley Boettcher, director of marketing and air service development. Boettcher says the incident closed a runway, but it has since been reopened.
Can you get the coronavirus from secondhand smoke?
Can you get the coronavirus from secondhand smoke? Secondhand smoke isnt believed to directly spread the virus, experts say, but infected smokers may blow droplets carrying the virus when they exhale. You should steer clear of secondhand smoke regardless. Breathing in secondhand smoke from cigarettes can cause various health problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More Viral Questions:Can the coronavirus spread through the air?
Smoke from Minneapolis riots detected on weather radar Friday morning
Fire was set to a number of establishments, and the smoke from these fires is being seen on weather radar displays. That's a smoke plume from the fires in Gatlinburg. Smoke from Minneapolis radar after firesThe top half of the picture shows reflectivity, which is the radar product that commonly detects precipitation and precipitation types. This is a product called correlation coefficient that will differentiate between rain drops and “non-hydrometeors,” or things that aren’t rain. The streak of blue falls in line with the weak echoes on reflectivity, indicating that this is indeed smoke being lofted into the air.