Locals react to the strong winds and blowing dust


POSTED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 10:32pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 9:10am

Wind and dust have come to town.  Strong winds in El Paso are beating up the locals, but experts say this type of weather is expected.

“This weather is not that unusual for this time of year. We are entering into the windy season, which usually begins at the end of February and lasts all the way through May,” says NewsChannel 9’s Chief Meteorologist, Chuck DeBroder.

The dust seems to have blanketed much of El Paso so we asked locals, “Is the wind bothering you?”

“Oh, I don’t like it at all. I get allergies and that triggers my migraines. So, it’s really a no, no for me. No winds,” said Susana Galindo.

“It brings out a nice haze, it makes it really cool. My hair is short so it doesn’t really bother my hair,” said Billy Jimenez.

Irene Miranda said, “I don’t like it. I feel like I’m in a brown cloud, breathing brown stuff.”

“My allergies act up a lot, get really dry. My nose, my eyes get really dry,” said Jesus Hernandez.

“My wife gets a few allergies here and there but you know, it’s El Paso weather. It’s part of El Paso, the desert, the dirt, and the dust,” said Isaac Luna.

“I really actually don’t like the wind that much, especially with all the sand,” said Krystal Daniels.

So how long will this wintery weather last?

Chuck DeBroder tells us, “The winds will last all night long. The high wind warning for East, Central El Paso, Socorro, Fort Bliss, extended until 5 in the morning.”

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