Wind gusts peaking at 93 kilometres per hour tore through the regional town of Thargomindah yesterday evening, bringing with it giant clouds of earthy red dust.
The town is home to just 270 people, who today have begun a massive cleanup effort to remove the grit from homes and properties.
Meteorologist, James Thompson said that the dust originated about 100 kilometres inland in the state’s far west, and was carried across the skies due to extreme winds.
“We had a trough moving through the area yesterday and that really brought those ferocious winds associated with those storms,” he said.
Although apocalyptic looking, dust storms are not uncommon in Australia and often occur during summer and spring in particularly dry conditions.
While the dust settled on Thargomindah, a cattle station near Goondiwindi copped the worst of another supercell storm.
Destructive winds tore down several sheds, with residents describing tornado like conditions that saw sheet metal and debris strewn kilometres.
Workers of the cattle station hid under machines to avoid the flying debris.
Goondiwindi shire councillor, Rick Kearney said locals were still recovering from the aftermath.
“I believe they’ve just finished or they’re partway through their harvest and they’ve put a lot of their harvesting equipment under the shed for protection by the looks of it,” he said.
The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed the worst could be yet to come, with more severe weather set to hit the south-east tomorrow.
A southerly wind change in the afternoon could trigger severe storms from the Gold Coast to Gympie, continuing a month of dramatic weather events.