Giant dust storm ‘haboob’ engulfs Phoenix, Arizona, USA

These stunning images show a huge dust cloud as it engulfs a major American city.
 
The towering storm hit Phoenix, Arizona, cutting power to thousands of homes, grounding flights and causing traffic chaos. 
 
Taken by photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski, 39, the pictures depict the sheer magnitude and power of the cloud.
A dust storm rolls over the city of Phoenix at sunset in Phoenix, Arizona.
It was the first intense dust storm – known as a haboob – of the region’s annual summer monsoon season, and led to all inbound and outbound flights at the city’s Sky Harbour International Airport being temporarily grounded.
 
Twenty four planes had to be diverted to alternative airports.
 
Lasting for up to four hours, winds as high as 50 mph knocked down trees and power lines, while lightning strikes were suspected to have started at least two fires in the city, which has a population of 1.4 million.
 
Such storms are not uncommon in the South Western United States, where monsoon rains stir up dust and sand, which have built up over the summer.
 
Major cities like Phoenix usually experience between one and three haboobs a year.

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One response to “Giant dust storm ‘haboob’ engulfs Phoenix, Arizona, USA”

  1. craigm350 says :

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction Blog and commented:
    Impressive!

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