A $300,000 lawn hose reel was repaired Thursday in a windy day in the western U.S.
The hose, which was made of stainless steel and coated with polyester, was damaged by a gust of wind at about 9:30 a.m. in the town of Lake Forest, about 35 miles northwest of Washington, the Associated Press reported.
The reel was removed by a contractor, and an employee was able to repair the hose, said Jeff Schoepp, a spokesman for the company that manufactured the reel.
The company that made the hose said it plans to make another reel for the lake.
Wind gusts are common in the eastern U.T., and are the result of the annual spring migration of butterflies, he said.
The agency has no authority to impose limits on the number of hoses that can be brought into the United States.
Federal officials say a similar wind-driven hose repair operation was damaged in the Northeast in June by a storm.
The U.N. International Agency for Research on Cancer has also issued a warning for Americans to stay indoors, saying there’s no evidence that they need to wear protective clothing or other protective gear to stay safe.
The agency also said wind speeds can affect the effectiveness of air purification systems, which can help keep people warm.
The EPA has issued a general warning for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada for the next two weeks.