THE dust storm sweeping across the country
has reached Central Queensland.
A spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology
says the storm is travelling about 40kmh at the moment and is expected to reach Rockhampton by this afternoon.
It reached Emerald this morning and was reported in Blackwater, 195km west of Rockhampton, this afternoon.
One reader sent in this incredible picture from Capella, 320km west of Rockhampton.
The thickest part of the storm in Central Queensland is at Emerald and it will clear as it heads further north.
In Brisbane this morning visibility was down to 200m.
An hour ago at Emerald visibility was about 1100m but the storm has thinned to about 2000m.
By 6pm tonight Rockhampton can expect a hazy atmosphere of dust, which will thicken between 8pm and 9pm. The visibility is expected to be about 1000m.
It is expected to hit the central coast later this afternoon as the storm thins out and visibility improves.
The storm has come all the way from South Australia, pushed up the country by strong winds.
It's expected to clear in Central Queensland by tomorrow but you still might see a thin haze.
The dust should reach as far north as Townsville.
The dust storm spreads across Qld
Asthmatics urged to take care
With bushfire activity increasing and a dust storm blanketing much of the State today, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is warning asthma sufferers to take precautions.
Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the unusually high level of dust particles in the air could affect people with respiratory illnesses.
"During dusty conditions, the QAS often sees an increase in calls to people suffering from asthma and other respiratory problems," Mr Roberts said.
"People suffering from these conditions are encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible.
"High levels of dust in the atmosphere can irritate the airways and can make a respiratory condition a lot worse, and asthmatics must ensure they have their medication with them at all times."