Powerful winds caused by thunderstorms across the Australian state of New South Wales produced dust storms that brought the night early in certain towns.
The country’s Bureau of Meteorology circulated a string of thunderstorm warnings on Sunday for the states’ inland region with the related winds bringing about massive clouds of dust. Photos and clips posted to social media showed dust storms plummeting on Dubbo and nearby areas that were so thick, they managed to block out sunlight.
In the town of Parkes, a gust of 94 km/h was recorded in the evening while 107 km/h was recorded in the city of Dubbo according to the Bureau.
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Meteorologist Rose Barr said that a significant amount of rainfall descended across the central and northern areas of New South Wales.
Weather phenomena continue to batter bushfire-weathered Australia with rain and hail lashing out in the state of Victoria. More severe weather events are expected as bushfires continue. The. The State Emergency Service hotline answered 1453 calls for assistance since Sunday morning as per The Guardian. Over 1000 calls were for building damage.
Tremendous rainfall over the past few days was a relief for drought-stricken areas in the state. It also aided firefighters and volunteers to contain bushfires and slow down the spread of its devastation.
“Tomorrow we have a very active thunderstorm day forecast, particularly across south-eastern and central-eastern parts of [NSW], as well as parts of the south-west slopes,” Barr said about Monday’s weather forecast. “Extremely strong wind gusts” should be expected as well as large hailstones.