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A cloud formation tinged with red dust travels across the Indian Ocean near Onslow on the Western Australia coast, on Jan. 9.
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A towering red dust storm goes over the ocean ahead of a cyclone approaching Onslow on the West Australian coast, on Jan. 9. Tug boat worker Brett Martin, who captured the fearsome pictures 25 nautical miles from the town of Onslow, reported conditions were glassy and flat before the storm hit late on January 9. But when the wild weather arrived, the swell lifted to 6 feet, winds increased to 40 knots and visibility was reduced to 328 feet.
weather.com -- Western Australians witnessed a freakish dust storm off the coast of Onslow on Wednesday.
The stunning views were created as wind and rain caused the storm to dump the sand and dust it had ingested while passing Onslow, Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Austen Watkins told Australian Yahoo!.
Tug boat worker Brett Martin, who took some photos of the storm, told Yahoo! that he and his colleagues were west of False Island when the thunderstorm, which quickly strengthened and gathered dust, passed over Onslow and headed to the Indian Ocean.
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A giant dust storm swept over western Australia Wednesday, creating spectacular images. NBC's Brian Williams reports.