Storm arrives dust in time for tea

Clouds of dust covered Rockhampton as the sun set at 6pm yesterday. Some buildings on Fitzroy Street weren't visible through the storm.
Clouds of dust covered Rockhampton as the sun set at 6pm yesterday. Some buildings on Fitzroy Street weren't visible through the storm. Chris Ison

UNTIL yesterday, Kim Sutton had never needed to chew her air before she could breathe it.

The Central Queensland mum watched a rare dust storm sweep over the region, covering most of the state with a thick red blanket.

At her home in Capella, 320km west of Rockhampton, Kim's clean car was covered in dust by 2pm.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Bryan Rolstone said the storm, which travelled all the way from South Australia, was being pushed across Queensland by strong winds.

The storm, which blanketed Rockhampton last night, moved across Central Queensland at 40kmh yesterday.

It's expected to be clear by mid-morning, leaving behind a thin haze.

Kim stayed inside with her kids yesterday and kept the air-conditioner roaring.

“The whole town seems to be shut down. There's not a lot of traffic,” she said.

The dust storm created an incredible red layer over Brisbane in the morning before it moved further north.

At Blackwater, 195km west of Rockhampton, Sally-Anne Vidler said as the dust thickened it looked a bit like a “horror movie”.

“It's a real eerie feeling, like the world is coming to an end,” Sally-Anne said.

The Blackwater Hotel worker said the dust storm started out hazy about 10am, but thickened as the day went on.

“It's so thick you can taste it,” she said at 3pm.

Late yesterday the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) put out a warning to asthma sufferers to take precautions as the clouds laden with particles of sand swept through.

Last night visibility in Rockhampton was reduced to about 1000m as the storm clouded the city.

The dust has spread as far west as Longreach, 680km west of Rockhampton, and north to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Read more ...

Dust storm engulfs southern Qld

Asthma warning over dust storm

Sunshine Coast fires rage

Qld fire ban begins

View photos of the dust storm over Brisbane on

Check out what they're saying about the dust storm on Twitter

Smokey skies in Rockhampton

Simon Bensch from Tannum Sands Rural Fire Brigade is calling for more fire fighter volunteers.

Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Little smokey in Rockhampton today

Emergency service crews respond to crash on highway

Ambulance generic

It is unclear how many are involved in the crash

Local Partners

Youths given the power to choose

It can be hard for disengaged youths to choose the right path when they come to a fork in the road, but Project Booyah is sending them in the right direction.

Your chance to win

Learn More

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to entertainment and events this weekend

AWARD WINNING SHOW: Tequila Mockingbird can be seen at St Brednan's College, Yeppoon on Saturday.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

Garage Sale Trail finds treasure in trash

Richard Morvell from Trendy Trash Rockhampton, Cr Neil Fisher, and Craig Dunglison, Manager of Rockhampton Regional Waste and Recycling gear up for Garage Sale Trail.

Bargains galore on offer at garage sales this weekend

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track