Dirty day in the Hill
Thursday, 23rd January, 2020
An intense dust storm fuelled by gusty winds hit the Silver City just after noon yesterday, and continued into the night.
The thick dust caused a few Broken Hill businesses to shut up shop early, and no wonder.
Wind gusts reached a high of 67km/h with an average high speed of 44km/h, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The hot, gritty wind also took the moisture out of the air as humidity hit a low of 11 per cent.
Few people ventured out in the choking conditions yesterday and passing trade was rather light on, so after lunch time some businesses closed their doors.
In Argent Street, the Salvation Army op shop had a sign that apologised and asked customers to come back the next day, and up the street a couple of eateries brought in their tables and chairs from the footpath and called it quits for the day.
The Commonwealth Bank at the Westside Plaza in Railwaytown also closed in the afternoon, a note on the door offering an apology and explaining that: “Due to raised dust levels and oncoming serious dust storm and wind warnings, we have closed the branch ... for the remainder of the day.”
The massive dust storm swept through a huge area of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, prompting police to warn drivers about poor visibility.
“The dust extends into NSW and Victoria and covers an estimated area of over 275,000 square kilometres,” the Bureau of Meteorology said.