Huge dust storm blankets an entire town in thick silt causing havoc on the roads
- Dust storms have swept across central NSW causing people to clear off roads
- Mitchell Highway, between Nevertire and Trangie closed after a car accident
- Weather comes days after SA was hit by dust winds with health warnings issued
A huge dust storm has forced people to take shelter inside and keep off roads as thick silt created dangerous conditions.
Wild weather swept across central NSW on Saturday creating an eerie sight as streets were emptied and a main highway was closed after a multi-vehicle accident.
A police spokesperson said officers responded to a three vehicle crash on Mitchell Highway between Nevertire and Trangie, northwest of Dubbo, at 9.45 am.
Wild weather swept across central NSW creating an eerie setting on Saturday as streets were emptied and a main highway was closed
The road was closed due to poor visibility and worsening conditions after two cars and a truck collided as they slid in the dust.
One female car driver suffered injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
The highway remained closed until weather conditions changed around 2.30pm and it was reopened.
The severity of the woman’s condition remains unclear.
Bewildered locals quickly took to social media to share the unsettling scene.
Dubbo woman, Kaylee Dodson urged anyone required to drive to be careful.
‘Worst dust storm we’ve had and worsening by the minute,’ she said, ‘everyone be safe!’
Bewildered locals quickly took to social media to share the unsettling scene
One Nevertire man posted videos he took on the way to work showing the horizon concealed by dust
One Nevertire man posted videos he took on the way to work showing the horizon fogged by dust.
‘What a frigging day to work,’ he wrote.
Many commentators living in close proximity said they were experiencing similar conditions, with some blaming the ongoing drought.
‘It is a really bad day windy dusty day. It shows how severe the drought is in NSW. The land is bare of vegetation and blows away with the wind!! It’s really horrible’, one comment read.
On Thursday, a health warning was issued in South Australia as the state was struck by dust storms causing chaos on roads.
Riverina and Wagga in southern NSW is also on high alert as dust storms and severe thunderstorms have been predicted to set in on Saturday.
Many commentators living in close proximity said they were experiencing similar conditions, with some blaming recent drought conditions