Huge Dust Storm Sweeps Into Phoenix, Drone Captures Footage

A dust storm warning was issued for the Phoenix area until 5 p.m. Arizona time. It's haboob time.

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A dust storm with winds up to 40 mph swept through the Phoenix area Tuesday.

Sometimes called "haboobs," derived from the Arabic word for "wind" or "blow," these storms occur when air is pushed down and forward by a traveling thunderstorm cell, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Dust storm now moving into the east valley engulfing the #Superstitions! Vis could lower to less than 1/4 mile! #azwx

Matthew Pace@DrMatt12News

Dust storm now moving into the east valley engulfing the #Superstitions! Vis could lower to less than 1/4 mile! #azwx

04:25 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tuesday's storm traveled northwest through the suburbs of Phoenix.

View of dust cloud from #ABC15 viewer Vee Morgan http://t.co/GpoEntppOG

ABC15 Arizona@abc15

View of dust cloud from #ABC15 viewer Vee Morgan http://t.co/GpoEntppOG

04:30 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It reached downtown Phoenix at about 6 p.m. Arizona time.

Large haboob darkens downtown Phoenix as dust storm rolls in. Live video: http://t.co/0G3nEEUHKY

BuzzFeed Storm@BuzzFeedStorm

Large haboob darkens downtown Phoenix as dust storm rolls in. Live video: http://t.co/0G3nEEUHKY

05:37 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Here's what it looked like from a plane leaving Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.

Slipping up up and away from Sky Harbor and the approaching #duststorm

Brian Fuller@bfuller9

Slipping up up and away from Sky Harbor and the approaching #duststorm

06:17 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Authorities said the dust storm was blamed for five non-injury crashes on Interstate 10 north of Picacho Peak.

Another Arizona Haboob today #Craziness #Arizona

Ben Carhart@BCarhart22

Another Arizona Haboob today #Craziness #Arizona

05:42 PM - 25 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The storms can greatly reduce visibility, and motorists are encouraged to pull over to the side of the road during them.

A drone in Gilbert, Arizona, captured aerial video of the massive storm.

View this video on YouTube

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