Incredible wall of sand whipped up by cyclone hits remote stretch of Western Australia coast
2013 01 14
* Strong winds carried the sand from the Indian Ocean to the north-western town of Onslow
* The region was already bracing itself for category-three cyclone when storm hit
* It is the latest wild weather to strike the country after days of destructive bush fires in south-eastern Australia
An enormous wall of dust has hit part of Australia as residents brace themselves for a tropical cyclone.
The stunning images of the wild dust storm were captured by tugboat works and aeroplane passengers near the town of Onslow in north-western Australia.
Local reports say the huge swathes of red sand and dust had been picked up by strong winds in the Indian Ocean before being dropped near the town.
The tsunami-like wave of sand could be seen travelling for miles and dwarfed ships out at sea.
Tugboat worker Brett Martin, who shot some of the pictures, said before the storm hit conditions were calm and glassy.
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