Dust storm hits regional NSW as western Sydney braces for another thunderstorm
A severe dust storm hit parts of regional NSW this afternoon, as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued yet another thunderstorm warning for NSW.
Vast areas of the Riverina area, including Griffith and nearby Barellan, were hit by a huge dust storm just after lunch today that turned the skies deep red.
Deputy Prime Minister McCormack was in Ariah Park, a small town 35 kilometres west of Temora in regional NSW, and tweeted an image of the approaching dust storm.
But unlike the November storm that hit Sydney, the dust storm that hit regional areas this afternoon was not expected to hit metropolitan area.
Another thunderstorm expected to hit
At just after 7pm BOM issued an updated warning, predicting the thunderstorms would move east over Wollongong and into western Sydney.
There were no major reports of damage at 7.45pm on Tuesday.
BOM warned severe thunderstorms were likely to produce large hailstones and heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding and damaging winds “over the next several hours”.
Severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Katoomba, Kiama and Picton.
Those thunderstorms were moving east.
They were forecast to affect Wollongong, Camden and Pt Kembla by 7:50 pm and Campbelltown, Penrith and Helensburgh by 8:20 pm.
It issued a seperate warning of large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds over the next several hours for the following areas: Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and parts of the Hunter, Metropolitan, Central West Slopes and Plains and South West Slopes districts.