Tue, 6 Nov, 2018
Stay indoors: Severe weather warning issued
Health authorities have issued a warning for asthma sufferers as a storm that is set to sweep NSW could cause serious breathing problems.
According to Richard Broome from NSW Health, the increased amount of pollen in the atmosphere could aggravate asthma and respiratory conditions as the storms arrive.
#Severe Thunderstorm Warning for damaging wind has been issued for parts of North West Slopes and Plains, Upper Hunter, lower Mid-North Coast and southern parts of Northern Tablelands. For more details see https://t.co/U4HiYO6SPi pic.twitter.com/fMejTtmXCK
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) 6 November 2018
“Thunderstorms cause pollen grains to explode and release fine particles, which can be inhaled deeply into the lungs, causing even more people to wheeze and sneeze,” said Dr Broome in a statement.
After 3600 people were admitted to hospital in Melbourne due to breathing problems after stormy conditions in 2016, the warning has been issued in the hopes that those who suffer from breathing problems stay on high alert.
“Anyone with diagnosed asthma should carry their asthma medication with them at all times during this high-risk period,” said Dr Broome.
If you or anyone you know suffers from asthma, please stay indoors during this severe weather.