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Dust storm engulfs southern Qld

AAP September 23, 2009, 12:36 pm
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A dust storm has engulfed southern Queensland, causing traffic delays, raising health concerns and cancelling horse racing.

Traffic has slowed on major routes across Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast.

Ipswich councillor Paul Tully described it as the worst dust storm in a decade.

Drivers in central Brisbane have begun to drive with lights on as the atmosphere in the city turns orange.

A Brisbane Airport spokeswoman said the airport remained open at noon (AEST).

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She said airport management expected a call from air traffic control on Wednesday afternoon that will close the airport when the dust thickens.

People with respiratory conditions need to be cautious about the dust haze now affecting much of the south of Queensland, the Department of Health said.

Acting executive director of Population Health Queensland, Sophie Dwyer, says only people with respiratory conditions need to be cautious.

"For most people, the only risk they'd face is that the dust may irritate the eyes, nose and throat," Ms Dwyer said.

"Dust might pose a slight risk though to some people by increasing the symptoms of some respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, or people with heart disease."

She said if dust was causing any problems, people should keep their windows and doors closed.

"People with lung or heart conditions are advised to limit their exertion while the dust haze lasts," she said.

"Anyone with these conditions should remain indoors as much as possible, continue to use usual medication and seek medical attention if their symptoms worsen."

Horse racing at Eagle Farm has been abandoned over fears for the safety of jockeys in the poor visibility.

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6 Comments

  1. isleyviews 04:14am Thursday 24th September 2009 EST Report Abuse

    What the heck is the big deal.this has been happening regularly all my life.May scan a pic from 30years ago and post that

  2. Peace Crusader 10:14pm Wednesday 23rd September 2009 EST Report Abuse

    Now, it is dust storm that blocked the sun out. How about if it is smoke from nuclear bombs exploding in different parts of the world? It would not be red but black. The smoke from burning buildings plus maybe dust particles from the soil would be carried all over the world and envelop it. H ...

  3. Fuzor Leogala 09:30pm Wednesday 23rd September 2009 EST Report Abuse

    We didnt think it would hit Mooloolaba....but it did @_@ dang ive never seen anything like it

  4. donotexist 08:23pm Wednesday 23rd September 2009 EST Report Abuse

    Dusty beach, orange light, blue sun. Check out the "Surfers Paradise Lost in dust story" on www.demotix.com

  5. art1e 07:52pm Wednesday 23rd September 2009 EST Report Abuse

    i dont wanna go back there. i thought when i awoke it was a fire but dust ?. crazy all thanks to global warming.

  6. Esther 07:09pm Wednesday 23rd September 2009 EST Report Abuse

    This morning you said it was cause of the earthquack but now your saying something different what happened? please e-mail back

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