The city of Phoenix, Arizona was crippled with low visibility and delayed flights to and from the state’s largest airport due to a massive dust storm blanketing much of the city.
The storm called a ‘haboob,’ typically occurs over desert land and can spread over thousands of miles. This wild storm in Phoenix saw winds reaching up to 69 mph and stretched over 30 miles at one point, causing the FAA to ground many flights for over an hour.
Many homes went without power due to the storm and no flights came in or out of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport during the height of this storm. The term ‘haboob’ comes from the Arabic word for wind and is used to describe dust or sand storms around the world.
Check out the wild dust storm completely blanket the city!