Wild winds whip up dust storm

STRONG winds of almost 70km/h buffeted Sunraysia at the weekend.

A dust storm on Sturt Highway between Merbein South and Cullulleraine on Saturday. Picture: Greg Videon

A dust storm on Sturt Highway between Merbein South and Cullulleraine on Saturday. Picture: Greg Videon

Wind gusts of 67km/h were recorded between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Saturday and, along with some rain, forced organisers of the Cullulleraine Music Festival to move some acts indoors.

Gusts of more than 40km/h were consistently recorded between 9am and 4pm, turning Mallee topsoil into a dust storm across much of the region.

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