| 19.01,20. 10:17 PM |
Huge dust storm envelops Central West of NSW
The dust cloud arrived in Dubbo a short time later. (Supplied)
An enormous dust storm has swept through the Central West of NSW, bringing premature darkness and blanketing communities in a thick coat of red dust.
Images and video posted to social media show a cloud of dust many times the height of buildings baring down on Dubbo just before 8pm tonight.
The massive dust cloud first hit the town of Narromine, 40 kilometres to the west, before descending on Dubbo and then arriving in Parkes, 120km to the south.
Months of unusually dry weather have parched the soils, making it easier for winds to lift dust particles high into the air.
Severe dust storms can pose a range of health risks to human, with reduced visibility often causing an increased number of traffic accidents while inhaling dust can cause or exacerbate respiratory problems.