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Massive dust cloud “haboob” covers Phoenix, zero visibility. Footage.

A massive dust cloud, known as a haboob, overtook Phoenix AZ yesterday reducing visibility to zero and kicking up dangerously high winds.  These are caused by the high gusting winds from the monsoons in the desert southwest of the US.

The wall of dust boasted sustained winds of around 60 miles per hour, close to hurricane force. At one point, wind gusts hit 81mph in a Phoenix suburb.

Long-time residents said they have never seen anything like this hit the Arizona capital.

The powerful gusts knocked down power poles in parts of the East Valley, and led to outages affecting thousands of customers.

Reminds me of a scene out of the movie, “The Mummy.”

Haboob (Sand Storm Scottsdale AZ 2011) TIMELAPSE from Steven Esparza on Vimeo.

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