Eerie drive into heart of a Pilbara dust storm caught on camera

Simon WhiteThe West Australian
VideoEver wondered what it's like to drive into a massive dust storm - let this video from near Onslow serve as a guide.

Much of the state has been tracking the progress of Cyclone Kelvin but a spectacular weather phenomenon of an entirely different nature has been captured on camera in WA’s Pilbara.

While Broome is under water, Onslow hasn’t received any rainfall since January. But the dry spell has been conducive to the type of dust form shown in this eerie vision travelling near the town.

In the space of two minutes, bright blue skies give way to a greyed-out backdrop as the vehicle drives towards the dust storm and finally almost pitch darkness as the worst of it hits.

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The storm apparently lasted for the best part of an hour.

The Bureau of Meteorology says dust storms form when air coming out the bottom of a thunderstorm hits dry ground and pushes dust upwards.

It might be a while before cyclone-hit residents have to worry about anything dust-related.

VideoThe main road linking Broome with the south of the state is underwater - as a tropical cyclone sweeps through the north of the state.

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