Dust storm: Thunderstorms and dust storms moving across the region | Photos, pictures

A THUNDERSTORM may be lashing some parts of the Central West, but earlier on Thursday the region was witness to another dust storm.

Images were taken by people across western parts of the state, with readers Greg and Alysha Lynch sharing photos of dusty looking scenes in Menindee.

NSW Incident Alerts used its Facebook page to share photos of a large dust storm is moving through  Coonamble.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning is in place for the entire Central West as well as a large portion of NSW.

Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, the warning predicts destructive winds, giant hailstones and heavy rainfall.

“Thunderstorms have developed and are likely over many parts of New South Wales today, as warm humid air feeds into a trough that lies about the western plains, combined with an upper low pressure system entering the far southwest,” the warning states.

“Severe thunderstorms are currently producing damaging winds, heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding, and large hail.

“There is a risk for destructive winds and giant hailstones in isolated storms in the warning area.”

A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for the Central West and much of NSW. Image: BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY

A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for the Central West and much of NSW. Image: BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY

The Bureau has recorded wind gusts at Coonamble Airport of 107km/h.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony. 
  • Keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences. 
  • Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill. 
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water. 
  • If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue. 
  • Unplug computers and appliances. 
  • Avoid using the phone during the storm. 
  • Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well. 
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES on 132 500.