Strong wind warning after dust storm in South Australia

A warning has been issued for strong winds in South Australia after gusts stirred up dust and left many areas in an orange haze.

Strong winds are predicted across South Australia’s southeast coast after parts of the state were cloaked in thick dust on Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued strong wind warnings and high fire danger for the Lower South East Coast on Wednesday and Thursday.

It comes after residents were told to stay indoors with the windows shut as strong winds stirred up dust across areas including Adelaide, the Eyre Peninsula and the Mid North on Tuesday.

The dust storm, driven by strong turbulent winds, turned the sky into a hazy orange and sparked warnings from police and health authorities.

Gale-force winds of almost 80 km/h were recorded at Port Lincoln, while gusts of 67 km/h passed Edinburgh air base, in the city’s north, just after 2pm.

Police warned urged drivers to take care after the extreme winds whipped up the dust, reduced visibility and increased fire danger.

Health alerts were also issued for people with chest conditions, such as asthma and heart issues, with SA Health warning the raised dust could exacerbate their condition.

Many landmarks and buildings were blanketed by the dust, including city skyscrapers, beaches and Adelaide Airport.

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