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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Much of North Carolina is on notice that the air quality is likely to be unhealthy.

Forecasters are predicting Code Orange conditions Friday in major metropolitan areas, meaning air quality is likely to be unhealthy for sensitive groups. Those groups include children and older adults and people with heart conditions or respiratory ailments.

Ozone is the main pollutant causing the poor air quality. Levels are expected to be high Friday in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Hickory, Rocky Mount, the Triad and Triangle areas and the valley and ridge top elevations in the Asheville area.

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