Reader Elaine Harriott captured this image of the dust storm sweeping through Tweed earlier this week.
Reader Elaine Harriott captured this image of the dust storm sweeping through Tweed earlier this week.

Dust tipped to return

DUST when you thought the storm was gone it is back.

Two days of cleaning may prove to be in vain, as another dust storm is forecast to hit the Tweed this afternoon.

While not as severe as Wednesday's surreal event, Tweed residents should prepare for more car washing tomorrow afternoon.

Bureau of Meteorology Forecaster Ben Annells said yesterday people were seeing a lot of dust in Western New South Wales.

“There is dust occurring again over western New South Wales and a cold front is moving across Victoria and New South Wales which will push the dust in from the west,” Mr Annells said.

“We are still in the formative stages, but it doesn't appear as thick and wide- spread. This cold front isn't as strong (as Wednesday's), but still reasonably significant.”

This morning would be hazy, and it was set to get hazier as the day goes on, possibly being at its thickest in the afternoon.

He said the Tweed should be greeted by a clear morning tomorrow.

“As we saw the other day, by Thursday the dust was pretty much almost gone.”

He said the front would also cool the temperature on the Tweed when it hits this afternoon.

A strong wind warning for the Far North Coast was also issued yesterday. BOM says it expects north, north-easterly winds to reach 20-30 knots from early today and continue throughout the day. The sea will be two to three metres with up to two metres of swell.

On Thursday Tweed Daily News put out a call for readers to submit their dust photos and we received plenty from Twin Towns Clubs and Resorts marketing manager Elaine Harriott.

She used vantage points at Twin Towns, Point Danger and Kirra Hill to get photos of the Coolangatta area during the dust storm.

“It was absolutely amazing. It was amazing to see it ... I have never seen anything like it in my life time,” Ms Harriott said.

“You could smell it and taste in your mouth; it became quite choking, it was incredible.”

Meanwhile, health authorities have advised people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and heart disease to stay indoors when dust and bushfire smoke envelops their community.

They should keep their windows and doors closed if possible, and anyone with lung or heart conditions should rest as much possible while the phenomenon lasts.

It has also been advised to clean surfaces with a wet cloth to avoid stirring up the dust.

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