Saturday, July 12, 2008

Air quality alert issued for the Tennessee Smoky Mountains today.

A code orange air quality alert for increased ground level ozone has been issues for the following counties/areas in Tennessee Smoky Mountains:

  • Anderson
  • Blount
  • Cocke
  • Grainger
  • Hamblen
  • Jefferson
  • Knox
  • Loudon
  • Roane
  • Sevier
  • Union

This warning is mostly directed persons who are extra sensitive and they may experience health effects from the high ozone levels. The general public should not be effected by may wish to restrict heavy exertion outdoors and limit exposure.

The Great Smoky Mountains national park is predicted to have moderate air quality today but is expected to deteriorate to "unhealthy for sensitive groups" tomorrow in both North Carolina and Tennessee.

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