Dust Storms Blanket South Australia

Some parts of Adelaide in South Australia have been blanketed in an orange haze as a sudden dust storm swept across the state.

The wind blasted at an estimated rate of more than 70 kilometers per hour (kph) in the state’s mid-north with health warnings issued for several regions.

Roads in the mid-north were closed due to the wild weather with emergency crews called out to a multi-car crash on Balaklava Road where five have been injured.

South Australia Police in a tweet, warned the people for the extreme winds were whipping up dust across the state.

“Take care on the roads today. Extreme winds are whipping up dust across the state, reducing visibility on the roads and increasing fire danger,” it said.

“Drive to the conditions and turn your lights on. Put your hazard lights on and pull over where safe to do so if visibility is reduced,” the police added.

SA health authorities advised people in Adelaide to “stay indoors and keep their doors and windows shut,” especially those with asthma and other chest conditions.

The organization added that dust can aggravate emphysema, bronchitis, and other respiratory disease and was associated with “an increased risk of cardiac events” such as heart attacks.

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