Sahara haze hangs over the island

Dust from the Sahara desert has turned the skies cloudy.

The Virgin Islands Department of Natural Resources said in a statement the hazy air is due to dust storms, causing the sand in the Sahara to become airborne. "This rise of accompanying warm air lifts the dust particles about 15,000 feet above the African deserts and these particles travel westward," DPNR said. "As a result, several hundred million tons of African dust can be transported over the Atlantic basin." Sahara dust storms pass through the region several times a year, but mainly in the spring and throughout the summer months.

The haze is expected to continue for a few days, DPNR said.

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