High winds knocked a large branch off an ash tree in downtown Modesto this morning and tore a big limb from a tree on the Modesto High School campus. No injuries were reported.
The branch at the high school fell across one of the main campus walkways, which was empty because students were in class.
A mile away, a limb from a large Modesto ash fell into morning traffic on H street between 13th and 12th streets. City workers passing by cleared the street quickly.
Meanwhile, pollution control officials are warning people to limit exposure to blowing dust and heavy exertion or strenuous activities outdoors.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a cautionary statement active through this evening.
Dust and other pollution in the air can cause health problems, increase the risk of respiratory infections, exacerbate lung diseases and spark asthma attacks and acute bronchitis, according to the district.
Those with heart or lung diseases are urged by the district to follow doctors’ advice, and children and seniors are advised to avoid prolonged exposure, strenuous activity or heavy exertion.
They can also make driving difficult, and the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory through 11 p.m.
The winds wre expected to reach up to 30 mph by late morning, according to the weather service.
It advises motorists to use extra caution, especially while driving taller vehicles and to secure any items that could be blown away. The winds are expected to drop back down to 15-25 mph by late this evening before picking back up again tomorrow, according to the weather service.