Epic dust storm turns day into night in Australian town

The dust storm, fuelled by strong winds, approaching Mildura, Victoria, on Tuesday in this image taken from a video obtained from social media.
The dust storm, fuelled by strong winds, approaching Mildura, Victoria, on Tuesday in this image taken from a video obtained from social media.PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE • An epic dust storm temporarily turned day into night as it swept through a small town in north-western Victoria, Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported yesterday.

The storm was captured on a Bureau of Meteorology webcam as it passed over Mildura Airport at about 5pm local time on Tuesday.

Visibility deteriorated as a huge red cloud appeared and rolled over the airport. It was fuelled by strong winds in a gust front, in a weather phenomenon normally seen in summer, said ABC.

Eyewitness Lisa Guarnaccia was driving to Mildura when she got her first glimpse of the cloud. "As I was driving through Red Cliffs, I could see the sky changing (to) a different colour and it was very windy," she told ABC. The sky went dark and visibility plunged to just a few hundred metres. "It was very apocalyptic and very scary - the darkness and the wind," she added.

After about 20 minutes, the worst of the storm passed and the sky began to get light again.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2019, with the headline 'Epic dust storm turns day into night in Australian town'. Print Edition | Subscribe