Category: World / January 14, 2013 2:43 PM EST
A family on a beach in Western Australia was enveloped in darkness as a dust storm struck on Wednesday (January 9) near the town of Onslow.
It was an otherwise ordinary day at the beach for local mother Hayley Brett and her family, when the gigantic dust storm suddenly approached, plunging them into darkness. Her husband first noticed the approaching storm whilst swimming.
The family tried to reach their car when everything went pitch black.
Weather experts say the incredible sight of a 'red wave' from the sea was created as wind and rain caused the storm to dump the sand and dust it had taken from the land.