Red Dust Blankets Sydney

Air quality 'dangerous' as limited visibility forces incoming flights to be diverted
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 8:36 PM CDT
A person takes pictures in front of the Sydney Opera House during a dust storm today in Sydney, Australia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Red dust blowing in from the Australian Outback covered Sydney today, snarling air travel and forcing locals to don masks to venture outdoors. “It’s like a nuclear winter morning,” one visitor told Bloomberg; the state government called air quality “hazardous.” Visibility was under 50 feet in some areas of the country’s largest city, the Age adds, and incoming flights were being diverted to Brisbane and Melbourne.