Code Orange-Alert
4:28 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Air Quality Alert Issued In Central Alabama

 The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has issued an air quality alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has issued an air quality alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties.
Credit The Alabama Weather Blog / ABC 33/40

The has issued an air quality alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties.

The Code Orange alert issued Thursday means air pollution levels in the affected areas could irritate sensitive groups, such as children, the elderly and people with asthma.

11 similar alerts were issued in 2012 and a Jessica Chace, a National Weather Service meteorologist says heavy rain has likely helped keep Alabama's air quality at acceptable levels this summer.

Officials encourage people in Jefferson and Shelby counties to cut down on driving, limit engine idling, refuel vehicles after 6 p.m. and refrain from mowing their lawns.