A massive dust storm (or haboob) has swept through the Phoenix area, reducing visibility and bringing powerful winds. The storm delayed flights, brought trees down and cut power to thousands of residents. Wind gusts of over 60 mph were reported is places.
The dust stom rolled in across the desert from the Tucson areas and swept over Phoenix. Radar information showed the dust storm reached as high as 8,000 to 10,000 feet. When the dust cloud reached the city, it started to dissipate but still reached to a height of around 5,000 feet.
Such storms are part of Arizona’s monsoon season, which usually lasts from mid-June until September.