Red dust coating stirs up questions in Crossroads

Ashley Garcia, of Victoria, aids her daughter, Rosalie Garcia, 3, in washing their 2012 GMC Sierra SLE at the Splash-N-Dash wash after red dust littered the Victoria area Saturday night to early Sunday morning.
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  • People with underlying or chronic lung problems should avoid prolonged time outside when there's dust in the air, said Dr. John McNeill, an internal medicine doctor with Twin Fountains Medical Clinics.

    He said the dust can worsen obstructive lung diseases. ...

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    People with underlying or chronic lung problems should avoid prolonged time outside when there's dust in the air, said Dr. John McNeill, an internal medicine doctor with Twin Fountains Medical Clinics.

    He said the dust can worsen obstructive lung diseases. "Any pollutants in the air like that they recommend that you stay inside as much possible," McNeill said.

Crossroads residents woke up Sunday morning to a layer of rust-colored dirt on their vehicles.

Car wash businesses in the area were packed Sunday afternoon as residents washed the red residue from their windshields.

A dust storm in Mexico may have carried the dust toward the Crossroads area, said Tawnya Evans, a meteorologist with the National Weather Services in Corpus Christi.

"That could be it," Evans said. "I couldn't tell you. I'm not seeing anything on our satellite."

Melissa Nave, 36, of Victoria, washed her car at Splash-N-Dash on Sunday. She said she's never seen anything like the dust that coated her car.

"We were all trying to figure out where it came from," she said. "I don't think I've ever seen the car wash so packed."

Chris Munoz, 20, of Victoria, said he washed his 2010 Nissan Altima because he was worried the dust might harm the black paint on his car. Munoz said he thought the red dust might have blown in from Mexico.

"Everybody has it," said Melissa Moreno, 39, of Victoria, who also needed to wash her car. "It's weird."

Moreno said she noticed the dust Saturday night, but it was thicker when she got up Sunday morning.

"We couldn't see clearly through our windows," she said. "We went to every car wash, and it's just packed."

Michael Watts, 43, of Victoria, said he had just washed his yellow 2008 Jeep Rubicon the day before.

"I got up this morning, and it was just covered in red dust," he said. "My brother called about that time and asked, 'Is your vehicle covered in red dust, too?'"