AUSTIN (KXAN) - Monday is considered an Ozone Action Day, when the combination of heat, humidity and stagnant air makes breathing difficult for sensitive people.
The Clean Air Force of Central Texas makes the designation, when high levels of ground ozone can aggravate asthma and other health conditions. Children, the elderly and those with lung diseases are especially susceptible.
The warning covers most of the Austin metro area, including Travis, Bastrop, Hays and Williamson Counties.
The Clean Air Force offers these suggestions to reduce air pollution:
- Limit your driving on Ozone Action Days. Take your lunch to work. Combine errands, ride your bicycle or share a ride.
- Avoid idling. Skip the drive-through lane and park and go inside instead. For information on heavy-duty vehicle idling restrictions, please see www.engineoff.org.
- Postpone refueling your car until after 6 p.m. Also don’t top-off the tank to prevent the escape of emissions.
- Postpone mowing your lawn and using gas-powered equipment until after 6 p.m.
- Tune up your car. A well-maintained car operates more efficiently and cleanly.
- Ride the bus. Visit Capital Metro for bus routes.
Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol in hopes that a Bastrop man can win a new trial.
An unusually cold blast of arctic air arriving early Thursday will be followed by an increasing chance of freezing drizzle/rain and sleet by Friday morning.
The HealthCare.gov website is working more smoothly for central Texans.
City leaders in West Lake Hills discussed the ongoing concern with the city's water system Wednesday night. The problems arise when water is needed most; fighting fires.
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
Former Georgetown Police Officer Stephanie Brown said her ex-boyfriend, former Round Rock Officer Eric Poteet, made up accusations against her after she broke up with him.