‘APOCALYPTIC’ dust storm buries Australia town - ‘Amazing!’


Some called the huge dark cloud it a “wall of dust” (Image: TWITTER)

Residents watched in shock as the storm engulfed Mildura and the local airport in northwestern Australia today. Lisa Guarnaccia told Australia’s ABC: “As I was driving through Red Cliffs I could see the sky changing a different colour and it was very windy. “I pulled up on the side of the road and into the service road on the other side where those grape vines were and I thought ‘Wow, this is amazing’.”

Some called the huge dark cloud it a “wall of dust”, Fox News reports.

The Bureau of Meteorology in Victoria said on Twitter: “Impressive vision of the dust storm that moved through #Mildura airport at 5pm.

“Wind gusts reached 57 km/h in the storm, while #Walpeup had gusts to 87 km/h and #Hopetoun hit 85 km/h. A severe weather warning is current for the #Mallee.”

The giant dust storm reached speeds of 35 miles per hour and was triggered by cold front sweeping through the region.

The frightening cloud was said to have been unusual for this time of year in Australia.

Scala media users shared awe-inspiring images of the dust cloud, with some describing it as “angry-looking”.


The giant dust storm reached speeds of 35 miles per hour (Image: TWITTER)

Ms. Guarnaccia added: “It was very apocalyptic and very scary – the darkness and the wind.”

Tanvi Mor was at Mildura Airport when the storm hit at around 5pm local time.

He told the Guardian it seemed like the storm was “swallowing” the region.

He also said it was the worst dust storm he had seen in 40 years.

Shaun Blytham added it was like a thunderstorm rolling in, before the landscape suddenly went pitch black.

He said: “It was like a thick wall.”

Meteorologists have said that dust storms are extremely rare tis time of year.

Forecaster Dean Stewart told ABC: “Dust storms are a lot more common during our summer months but of course it’s been very dry.

“So there’s still some very dry land, and with the gusty winds it’s picked up the dust on the gust front.”