Charleville choking on dust

No rain associated with dust storms in Charleville and south west


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Street lights were on in downtown Charleville as the dust storm cut visibility. Photo by Lesley MacDonald.

Street lights were on in downtown Charleville as the dust storm cut visibility. Photo by Lesley MacDonald.

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As other parts of the state receive welcome rain, residents of south western towns, Charleville, Wyandra and Toompine have been enduring a dust storm and howling winds today (Tuesday).

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As other parts of the state receive welcome rain, residents of south western towns, Charleville, Wyandra and Toompine are enduring a dust storm and howling winds today (Tuesday).

According to local resident, Alan MacDonald, a howling easterly started at about 12.05pm, blowing at 30 to 40 knots, and hadn’t let up a lot over two hours later.

He said visibility was down to 100 metres at the start of the storm but had improved a little since then.

He also said that it appeared unlikely the event would bring rain with it as the skies were clear apart from the dust.

The only positive was “an incredible drop in temperature”.

“It’s coming off our very dry mulga lands,” Alan said.

A view of the dust storm rolling in towards the Charleville airport. Photo by Alan MacDonald.

A view of the dust storm rolling in towards the Charleville airport. Photo by Alan MacDonald.

“The Met Bureau recorded a gust of 85 kilometres per hour in the initial stages.

“It’s nothing like the storms you see out in the desert but it’s not pleasant all the same.”

Charleville resident, Tegan Russell posted a video of the choking dust on her Facebook page, saying the town had received no rain out of the storm.

The storm has uprooted trees throughout Charleville and brought down at least one power pole.

Alan’s air charter business is based at the airport and he said Rex and Qantas flights due in looked to have been delayed.

He said the town had received very little rain so far this year, just 5 to 10mm events.

“We might as well not have had anything.”

Visibility was down to 100 metres at times. Photo by Alan MacDonald.

Visibility was down to 100 metres at times. Photo by Alan MacDonald.

The story Charleville choking on dust first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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