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Stunning Footage Shows Massive Dust Storm Plunging Mildura Into Darkness

Stewart Perrie

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Stunning Footage Shows Massive Dust Storm Plunging Mildura Into Darkness

When you think of dust storms you might cast your mind's eye to the UAE or somewhere similar where those type of weather events are much more common.

However, a part of rural Victoria received a terrifying yet awe-inspiring dust storm yesterday and the photos and videos are simply incredible.

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One bloke has uploaded footage of the moment the massive wall of dust rolled through Mildura, plunging the town into darkness.

Love that commentary: "Here it comes."

"Nah, it'll be alright."

Classic Australia. You can imagine some people's shock if they weren't paying attention to the alerts and looked outside during the storm wondering why the hell it was so dark all of a sudden.

Preston woman Lisa Guarnaccia told the ABC: "As I was driving through Red Cliffs I could see the sky changing a different colour and it was very windy.

"I pulled up on the side of the road and into the service road on the other side where those grape vines were and I thought wow this is amazing.

"It was very apocalyptic and very scary - the darkness and the wind."

Winds of nearly 60km/h rolled through the north-west Victorian town, with locals telling 9 News it's the worst dust storm they've seen in four decades.

It's similar to a massive sand storm that enveloped a Chinese town last year, with the wall of particles towering over the people below.

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On 25 July, a giant and ferocious sandstorm hit the city of Golmud, in China's northwestern Qinghai Province, with accompanying winds that reached whopping speeds of 20.7 meters per second, according to China Global Television Network.

It came out of nowhere at around 7.30pm and yet within minutes the entire suburb of Golmud was enveloped beneath a giant blanket of snow and dust.

This footage captured by a resident of the town shows the storm unfolding, in what looks like a scene from one of those 'the end is nigh' scary movies.

Credit: Peoples Daily
Credit: Peoples Daily

The force of the winds ripped trees from their roots and spat them on to the roads, so driving in such poor circumstances could be dangerous. Golmud police issued warnings through loudspeakers and flashed emergency lights to keep residents out of harm's way.

Thankfully nobody was hurt in the unexpected storm, but residents have been instructed to drive at a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour due the sheer lack of visibility.

Golmud's position, located high up on the Tibetan Plateau, makes the city no stranger to random episodes of freak weather - although the last time it suffered a sandstorm to this extreme was in 2015.

Featured Image Credit: 9 News

Topics: Viral, Weather, Community, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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