Roads Closed As Dust Blankets South Australia
South Australia was swarmed by dust on Friday afternoon with police going as far as closing roads due to lack of visibility.
Strong winds whipping up top soil from dry paddocks north of Adelaide were blamed for the thick red cloud that developed over Adelaide at lunchtime on Friday.
Police made the decision to close the Augusta Highway in Port Wakefield for half an hour at about 2.45pm due to low visibility from the dust.
The Augusta Highway is closed to all northbound traffic at Port Wakefield for the next half hour due to a dust storm affecting visibility. Motorists are asked to take care and drive to the conditions #duststorm @BOM_SA @SA_SES— South Australia Police (@SAPoliceNews) April 5, 2019
Photos and videos being posted on social media showed the extent of the dust cloud.
DUST STORM: Check out some of the dust storm videos coming in from across SA - hot northerlies are gusting at up to 98 kilometres an hour, causing road closures and power outages to protect the community. More in @10NewsFirstAdl at 5 #duststorm pic.twitter.com/e5L8GTZoex— Kate Freebairn (@katefreebairn) April 5, 2019
It was a particularly windy day in Adelaide with temperatures reaching 32 degrees and winds forecast to reach 50km/h before a cool change in the late afternoon that was expected to drop temperatures by ten degrees.