This storm is awesome.
The massive Sahara dust cloud that caused air quality problems in the Caribbean hit the United States for the first time on Thursday, according to reports.
The dense columns of dust, which are large enough to be captured by satellite imagery, hit the Mississippi Gulf coast after flailing thousands of miles from the African desert, according to Jackson-based WJTV.
He also started moving around Florida, according to Fox 35 Orlando.
“This is the most important event in the last 50 years,” said Pablo Méndez Lázaro, an environmental health specialist at the University of Puerto Rico, according to the newspaper.
Nicknamed the “Gorilla Dust Cloud” for its dazzling size, satellite imagery showed the storm darkening the sky and rolling northwestward Thursday morning. It seemed that she was also heading towards Louisiana and parts of Texas.
The highly concentrated plume caused air quality in the Caribbean to reach “dangerous” levels while sweeping the area on Wednesday, experts said.
Health officials warned that the weather event could weaken the respiratory systems of people fighting COVID-19, along with some healthy people. They recommended that residents in affected areas remain indoors.