Sandstorm was effective in the state of Sonora, which is located in the north of Mexico.
While the storm was effective in the province’s capital, Hermosillo, as well as in the cities of Guaymas and Empalme, it was reported that the electricity service in the region was interrupted by 80 percent and property damage occurred.
Due to the storm that hit 3 cities of the state, the roofs of many buildings flew, while the fallen trees blocked the roads and prevented transportation. In addition to the power cuts, there were also disruptions in communication.
Visibility was reduced as the sky turned yellow due to the sandstorm.
Sonora State Governor Alfonzo Durazo said in a statement after the disaster that there was no loss of life due to the storm, and that firefighters and civil defense teams are working to repair the damage in the region.
Governor Durazo also asked the public not to leave their homes unless necessary, to remain calm and to follow the instructions of the authorities.
Meteorologists also explained that sandstorms occur because strong winds in arid regions carry the sand.
It was stated that the dust and sand carried with the storm adversely affected human health, especially those with asthma, bronchitis and allergic rhinitis.
It was recommended to take shelter in a place to avoid exposure to dust and sand during a possible dust storm, to close all air intakes in the house, and to use masks and goggles for those who have to be outdoors.