Smoky Conditions Continue In The East

The air quality in Eastern Carolina continues to be a problem after two wildfires in the east have burned over 46,000 acres.

A blanket of smoke hovered over Pitt County Tuesday as haze from two wildfires in Dare and Pender counties continues to impact many residents.

A doctor from the Brody School of Medicine in Greenville says conditions like these tend to bring out respiratory problems for patients with asthma and emphysema. The common treatment is breathing treatments and steroids. Dr. Timothy Reeder says the best solution is to avoid outdoor exposure when there are air quality alerts.

There may be improvement later in the week as winds become more westerly and the chance for some rain increases.


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  • by Original C on Jun 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM
    Well, this stinks.
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    Bad luck for the USTA Super Senior Players who are having their State Tournament in Greenville for the next four days. Pray for the wind to blow the smoke in the other direction.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    OK folks, its going to get bad with smoke from the north and south now. If you have a box fan, find a 20 inch by 20 inch filter and put it in your house. Put it on the suckin side of the fan...it will pull it to the fan and let it just run. It will help for alergy and asthma sufferers. If it gets really strong, find the alergy filter of the same size. Not perfect, but it keeps the smell out of the house and doesn't cost that much to do. If you have kids going in and out of the doors, it will help keep the stink out too. I don't make fans or filters, however, I do have alergies to liberals and progressives. It only allows me to post on them...be safe. Oh, don't forget you older people either.
  • by Kenny Location: morehad on Jun 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    smokes getting thick here in morehead city ashes on everything so i cant imagine how bad it is elsewhere, hope everyone that can is staying inddors us here in the shop have the bay doors open for buisness, lots of people complaining of headaches!
  • by Dave Location: ({}[]|\) on Jun 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    Since there is so much violence in Greenville, the smoke makes it more realistic in order to resemble the Hades this place is.
  • by B Location: Gville on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    Dear Father in Heaven, send rain. Amen.
  • by Michelle Location: Harrell on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    To cant breath (and it is actually "breathe" not "breath")...send the bill to Mother Nature. She is the one who is handling this. Can't wait to hear the response from her!
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      by OSOC on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:23 PM in reply to Michelle
      They came, cuffed her and jailed her for violating a new EPA regulation on air quality. They will fine her millions, the National and State Forrest...millions, she will repay with a hurricane 4 on our coast....nothing like a scorn of a woman!
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    There have been days where this Stumpy Point blaze has kept many of us from being able to go out and enjoy being out on the water. It's really been a pain for the Outer Banks residents.
  • by Byrd Location: King George VA on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    Don't worry. Obama Care will pick up the tab on your health expenses.
  • by cant breath Location: rockymount on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    how can the smoke disapear overnight and come back this afternoon a lil strange dont ya think,and who do i see about rembersing me for my health problems because of all this smoke?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:25 AM in reply to cant breath
      It's called wind. You might've learned about it in 3rd grade or something... Sometimes, it changes directions, thus causing the smoke to be blown a different way.
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      by Audra on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:21 AM in reply to cant breath
      I won't even bother laughing at you because the idea is THAT ridiculous. Before you get uppity about my response, I have asthma and I live in a region at high risk for large, difficult to contain fires seasonally. Who is it that you think should be responsible for reimbursing you? If you're mad at the firefighters, I think they're a little busy right now.
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      by clint on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:40 AM in reply to cant breath
      Ask em about it on your regular visit to social services. I'm sure they will find a way to help. Duh!
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      by Umm... on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to cant breath
      You should send your bills to the lightning strike that started the fire. I'm positive you'll get reimbursed 100%. You should probably sue the elementary school you attended as well.
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        by Audra on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:27 PM in reply to Umm...
        LOL elementary school...
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      by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM in reply to cant breath
      Talk to God, he causes the weather after all, right?
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        by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to
        Yes he does, and that we should all be gratful for. Noone or nothing else can or will help. So yea.
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