Storms hit the outback

The storm bears down on Charleville.
The storm bears down on Charleville.

Charleville and surrounding towns, including Quilpie and Cunnamulla, were caked in layer of red dirt Tuesday afternoon as gusty storms hit the outback following dry and hot weather in the region.

Winds were reported to have reached 96km/h at 1pm in Charleville, before dropping to 65-70km/h as the dust began blanketing the town.

Following the severe weather conditions a power line on the corner of Wills St and Watson St at the Puma Roadhouse was damaged, causing drivers to avoid Wills St from Edward St and Watson St.

Despite the storm, the temperatures still continued to climb, reaching the high 30s.

While one town was covered in dust, 268km east of Charleville, the Maranoa region experienced heavy rainfall.

Damage from the rainfall lead to flooding and road closures on the Carnarvon highway, Roma Condamine road and Jackson Wandoan road, with residents also experiencing disruptions to power lines and damage to property in town.

More storms are forecast for this coming week with the Maranoa Regional Council advising drivers to check for road closures.

Topics:  charleville dust storm heavy rainfall roma

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