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  • 11 January 2013, 3:33

Red Sky At Night As Storm Dumps Dust On Town

A wall of dust picked up by a thunderstorm in western Australia amazed onlookers and engulfed ships as it passed out to sea.

Spectacular photographs of the phenomenon were taken by Brett Martin and uploaded to the website Perth Weather Live.

Speaking to The West Australian,the tug boat worker said: "It was like a big dust storm under a thunderhead. There was a lot of lightning but not a lot of rain."

Austen Watkins, duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, told the newspaper the pictures showed a thunderstorm dumping sand and dust it picked up as it passed over the coastal town of Onslow.

Steve Brooks, who runs Perth Weather Live, said the storm travelled at around 46mph (74kmh) and created "pretty eerie conditions".

The storm is not thought to be linked to Tropical Cyclone Narelle, which is looming in the Indian Ocean.

It has forced the Australian government to issue a warning for high seas and strong winds.

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