Dust, large hail heading for Sydney after storms turn central NSW towns dark

Dust, large hail heading for Sydney after storms turn central NSW towns dark

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Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms across central NSW have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some towns on Sunday, and the brown clouds are heading towards Sydney – along with potentially severe storms and hail the size of golf balls.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings on Sunday evening for inland NSW, with the associated winds kicking up massive dust clouds.

Spectacular dust storms impacted much of western NSW on Sunday. Credit:Nick Moir

Meteorologist Abrar Shabren said the dust is now heading towards Sydney and north of the city, although it is no longer technically a storm. As the dust approaches the coast, he said, it is reducing in density.

However, with more thunderstorms forecast, it’s likely that some of the dust will mix with rain, Mr Shabren said – so residents with freshly-washed cars would be advised to put them under cover.