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The Dust Storm That Ate Phoenix

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By HVnews
July 6, 2011 at 7:47 am



A 50-mile-wide dust cloud known as a “habub” rolled through the Phoenix, Arizona area on Tuesday, downing tress, knocking out power and killing any semblance of visibility.

The monster wall of dust reached as high as two miles tall, though by the time the habub reached the metropolitan area it dissipated to about 5,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The dust cloud formed near Tucson during an afternoon storm and proceeded to roll north across the desert. According to the Associated Press:

The storm was part of the Arizona monsoon season, which typically starts in mid-June and lasts through September.

The National Weather Service says strong winds with gusts of up to more than 60 mph in some places rapidly moved the dust cloud northwest through Phoenix and the surrounding cities of Avondale, Tempe and Scottsdale. More than a dozen communities in the area also were placed under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m.

Here’s what it’s like to be inside that storm:

Raw footage from the outside looking in:

Wild footage of the cloud creeping across the desert:

This amateur footage is totally wild:

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