Strong winds blasted dust and sand through the Southern California skies, including Palm Springs, creating a dust storm, known as a haboob.
The dust, whipped around by 40-mph winds, brought down trees and left drivers with low visibility.
Scott Pam was driving in the area Thursday night on his way home when he said he saw a “huge wall of sand and storm” approach and the storm strike. The wind ripped the door straps off his Jeep.
Pam, a photographer, pulled over on his drive between San Bernardino and Bermuda Dunes, California, and started taking pictures of the phenomenon.
ABC News meteorologist Dan Peck said, “The winds came from strong thunderstorms moving through the area Thursday night, which were more intense and numerous due to the ongoing monsoon season.You get an outflow of strong winds ahead of the storm and those winds whip up the dust and create the dust storm phenomenon.”
Haboobs are giant walls of dust resulting from the combination of strong winds and dry conditions. They are common in dry, desert areas, including Southern California and the Southwest, and are often seen in areas of the Middle East, where the name of the phenomenon originates.
“Haboob” comes from the Arabic word habb, meaning “wind.”
“The perfect combination of an ongoing drought, monsoon season and numerous severe storms in the region created the conditions for a dust storm in the area,” Peck explained.
The storm also bent trees across California’s Coachella Valley, but there were no reports of serious injuries.
A Palm Springs man was sent to the hospital after he was hit by an uprooted tree, ABC News affiliate KESQ reported.
A typhoon bringing heavy downpours and strong winds pounded South Korea’s southern regions on Saturday, grounding flights and causing property damage, weather officials said.
Typhoon Nakri, positioned about 190 kilometers west-southwest of Seogwipo on the country’s southern resort island of Jeju as of noon, was traveling northward at a speed of 16 kilometers per hour, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).
The powerful thunderstorm that pounded the Plains with grapefruit-sized hail is sliding east on Sunday, bringing the threat of damaging winds and the potential for tornadoes.
Saturday was the 12th consecutive day that severe weather was reported nationwide, according to meteorologists.
Winds of up to 90 miles per hour battered parts of Kansas overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
It said the severe storms are expected to weaken slightly but still produce strong winds and nasty weather for the Kansas City area.
With thunderstorms moving east, swathes of the country from southern Wisconsin through to Illinois and central Missouri will be hit on Sunday, according to The Weather Channel.
It said that large hail and damaging winds pose the greatest threat, but an isolated tornado or two can’t be ruled out.
The Weather Channel warned winds could reach up to 80 miles per hour in Nebraska’s capital, saying that tree damage is likely.