SCRANTON, Pa. (WAVY) — For the second day straight, the Norfolk Tides won’t play baseball due to the smoke from raging wildfires in Canada.
Their road game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will be scheduled as a doubleheader later this week “due to poor air quality and an abundance of caution for potential health concerns,” the teams announced.
The teams announced postponements both Tuesday and Wednesday.
They plan to try again Thursday.
And all of that smoke is drifting down into most of the eastern half of the U.S., prompting air quality alerts for millions of people from the Midwest to New England to Hampton Roads.
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Meanwhile in New York City, the RailRiders’ major league team, the Yankees, continued with play Tuesday night despite heavy smoke that looks like dark clouds.
The Washington Post reported that New York (about two hours southeast of Scranton) and Toronto were ranked among the seven cities with the worst air quality in the world.
Hampton Roads has had relatively better air quality conditions, but the smoke is expected to increase here through the end of the week. Meteorologist Don Slater says the smoke is mostly in the upper atmosphere in our area, but air quality will remain poor on Wednesday for sensitive groups like the very old and very young.
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