Wild weather threatens WA resources [images]

An oil and gas support vessel has captured stunning images of a storm brewing off the coast of Western Australia, as resources companies brace for wild weather in the region.

The photos, originally captured by Brett Martin and uploaded to an online forum, show the thunderstorm brewing west of False Island, near major offshore gas developments on the north-west shelf.

Weather experts said the distinct orange haze in the photos was produced by wind and rain forcing red dust out of the system.

The storm is unrelated to Cyclone Narelle, which is also approaching mining and gas projects in north-west WA.

While the cyclone is not expected to cross the coast, a number of offshore oil and gas fields have been shut down and some companies are evacuating workers as a precaution.

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