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Changes coming to Arizona Dust Storm Warnings

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TUCSON – The National Weather Service Offices in Tucson and Phoenix are implementing a new system that will pinpoint Dust Storm Warnings across the state.

The National Weather Service in Tucson is hoping a new way of issuing Dust Storm Warnings will keep the public safe and informed when it comes to isolated dust storms like those that pop up along Interstate 10.

According to Ken Drozd, with the NWS Tucson, the new system is going into place early next year and will alert people to the exact location of a dust storm as opposed to warning an entire county.

“Not only will we be able to get warnings out faster, it will also just set off cell phones in the immediate area of the polygon we draw,” said Drozd.

So the next time you hear the emergency alert system go off on your phone, that dust storm will actually be nearby.

“You have a better chance of heeding that warning and not falling prey to a cry wolf syndrome,” said Drozd.

The new way of issuing Dust Storm Warnings will take place on January 3, 2018.

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