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Tom Uglys and the Captain Cook bridges by David Petranker

Strong westerly winds across NSW have generated one of the most spectacular dust storms in the history of Sydney according to the Weather Channel.

An orange haze has covered the city, reducing visibility, causing transport problems and creating health concerns for those with respiratory problems.

“This is the biggest dust storm I have ever seen in Sydney,” says Dick Whitaker, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel with more than 40 years of meteorological experience.

“The last dust storm to hit Sydney was in October 2002 but it was nowhere as big as the one we are seeing today.”

“The storm is as a consequence of an extended period of strong winds and very dry conditions over western NSW. We are looking at it gradually improving later this morning to early afternoon but it should remain hazy all day.”

Leader readers have been quick to grab the abundance of photo opportunities this morning.

Sydney woke to the red haze as dust blown in from western NSW caused havoc.

All citybound lanes on the M5 East tunnel were closed earlier this morning while ferries were cancelled and some trains were delayed.

Even a horse racing meeting at Canterbury Park racecourse had to be cancelled today.

Passengers at Sydney Airport were told to expect significant delays and motorists should take extra care throughout the day because of harsh weather conditions.

Sutherland SES spokesman John Gonzalez said volunteers had taken away fallen trees at Kareela and Menai.

Matt Kirby at Kogarah SES said his team removed trees at Hurstville, Blakehurst and Rockdale.

Primary schools in St George and Sutherland Shire are also taking precautions, keeping children in classrooms until the dust settles.

Students from Our Lady of Fatima Primary School at Caringbah, were among many advised by teachers to remain inside with the windows closed.


  • whiterose0777
    whiterose0777over 5 years ago

    OMG Dave I honestly have never ever seen anything like it…

  • DVI it was fantastic, it was like the end had come and i was photographing it, I am so totally stocked how these images have come out and this is the exact color that was out there.

    – David Petranker

  • whiterose0777
    whiterose0777over 5 years ago

    OMG mate I can just imagine…

  • roybarry
    roybarryover 5 years ago

    A fantastic shot of such a weird phenomenon.

  • Thanks Roy and tell me about it, the earth is just getting weirder

    – David Petranker

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 5 years ago

    Gracious me….what an incredible sight! Thank you for the narrative and my prayers for you all.

  • Thank you so so much Pat, not to many prays need just a bad case of the sneezes,

    – David Petranker

  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiover 5 years ago

    Great image mate! How are ya?

  • Simo man i am well how are you going long time no here, when are you coming back to Sydney we really need to shoot again and have a coffee, there is no excuse. LMAO thanks for the comment buddy

    – David Petranker

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 5 years ago

    Just watching it all on tv, looks amazing…great capture

  • Thank you so much Josie

    – David Petranker

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago
    Fantastic work
  • Thank you Kathy

    – David Petranker

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicover 5 years ago

    congrasts on home page,, this is amazing,, I heard it on the news this am,,,, must have been a sight!!!

  • Yes Linda it was a sight, I woke up and everything was red (I see red i see red i see red (Sorry a song popped into my head)) I knew Sunrise was no where near as it was 5.30am and the only thing i could think of was that the three horseman where just about to ride down from above (Doomsday), Wait till you see my harbour shots they are amazing as well.

    – David Petranker

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely work

  • Thank you so much my friend your comment means the world, your such a brilliant photographer

    – David Petranker

  • PPPhotoArt
    PPPhotoArtover 5 years ago

    wow superbm what else needs to be said
    congratulations on homepage!!!

  • Thank you so much PPPART and nice to meet you

    – David Petranker

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