A FIFO employee has captured the extraordinary second a menacing trying sandstorm enveloped a piece web site in outback South Australia.
“You may simply see it coming and also you simply thought ‘this isn’t going to be good’,” Dylan Barlow mentioned on the storm which hit Moomba, within the state’s far north east.
The sandstorm is simply one of many many results attributed to ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily.
Whereas it decreased from cyclone energy final week, it has continued to weave its means by way of central and jap Australia.
Meteorologists have mentioned that Tuesday might see heavy rain over a big swath of New South Wales and the ACT has Kirrily crosses the state and heads out into the Tasman.
Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra might all be moist with as much as 100mm falling in simply 24 hours in some central and southern components of NSW.
A fly-in, fly-out employee, Mr Barlow works on the Moomba fuel plant operated by useful resource extraction agency Santos.
The rigger mentioned the storm, which featured roiling black clouds, headed throughout the plant at round 1.45pm on Sunday.
“It was 42C after which all of the sudden the temperatures dropped,” Mr Barlow advised The Advertiser.
“The winds picked up after which these darkish clouds appeared. We needed to race to get inside so that you weren’t hit with it.
“You couldn’t see proper in entrance of you, it was that thick.”
Mr Barlow mentioned winds of as a lot as 90km/h raced by way of the location for round one hour. That was then adopted by torrential rain for the following 4 hours, he mentioned.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) recorded a gust of 89 km/h at Moomba Airport at 2pm on Sunday and 24 hour rainfall of 62mm to 9am on Monday.
The temperature went from a blistering 38.9C at 1.30pm to 24.7C at 2pm.
Ex-tropical cyclone Kirrily is now over NSW with the BOM placing out a extreme climate warning for heavy rainfall which might result in flash flooding for Tuesday.
Kirrily’s path over the state begins in north east NSW in a single day after which will observe south easterly, by way of the central West in the direction of Canberra and simply south of Sydney, by way of the day.
Six-hourly rainfall totals between 50 and 80mm are probably, with 24-hourly totals between 70 and 100mm additionally attainable.
The BOM has mentioned that there may very well be notably intense rainfall that might result in “harmful and life threatening flash flooding” in an areas west of Parkes the place probably 150mm might come down.
Canberra is trying sodden for Tuesday with 10-45mm coming down and an opportunity of thunderstorms. The rain ought to clear by the night.
It gained’t be as moist in Sydney however as much as 15, on Tuesday and 10mm on Wednesday is feasible.
Areas south of Sydney are proper within the line of the low. Wollongong might see 5-20mm of rain on Tuesday, Nowra 15-40mm and Batemans Bay as much as 45mm.
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