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Rural Victoria Looks Apocalyptic As Dust Storm Hits

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Rural Victoria Looks Apocalyptic As Dust Storm Hits

Photos of rural Victoria resemble scenes from Mars or apocalyptic sci-fi movies, as a dust storm hit parts of the state.

Areas like Mildura were plunged into an orange glow as the weather system rolled through, massively reducing visibility.

Credit: @jayson_butcher/Twitter
Credit: @jayson_butcher/Twitter

The Bureau of Meteorology says the temperature around Mildura dropped eight degrees in just 30 minutes as the dust storm rolled through.

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BoM added: "Prevailing visibility at the airport has fallen from four kilometres to 500 metres."

Pictures uploaded to social media all show the region bathed in a creepy shade of orange.

Parts of the state are under a Code Red, which is an alarming fire threat level, which hasn't been seen since 2010.

People who live in the Mallee and Northern Country regions have been told to prepare for the worst.

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CFA chief officer Steve Warrington warned people that they need to be prepared because once the fire reaches homes, it'll be too late to make a decision.

Credit: 9News
Credit: 9News

He warned: "We are saying, 'Do not be there, do not be there when a fire occurs, because you will not survive if you are there.'"

"There is a good chance if a fire occurs that your home will be destroyed."

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Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp added that the conditions that are being faced by firefighters at the moment are potentially some of the worst they've ever seen.

He said: "If we see fires in those areas, those fires will be fast moving - they will be unpredictable, they will be uncontrollable.

"Houses in those areas, if there is fire, are not built to withstand those conditions.

"The clear message is: if you do not need to be in your home, get out tonight or early tomorrow.

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"Your plans need to suit your circumstances, however going to your nearest regional city centre, going to the movies, the pool, or a shopping centre are some options people can consider."

Featured Image Credit: 9News

Topics: News, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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