Massive Dust Storm Devours Phoenix Area

A 3,000-foot tall haboob marched into the Arizona city Friday afternoon.

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A massive dust storm, known as a "haboob," rolled into the Phoenix area Friday afternoon.

A haboob is coming!!! @Bradi_Orton97 #arizona

Bryton@bryton_holyoak

A haboob is coming!!! 🙉😱 @Bradi_Orton97 #arizona

5:05 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Local media began following the dust storm in the late afternoon as it moved into parts of Casa Grande, about 48 miles from Phoenix.

Huge dust storm rolls through Phoenix area. 10k lose power #Monsoon2014 http://t.co/Rip7vX6pxV

AZ Family@azfamily

Huge dust storm rolls through Phoenix area. 10k lose power #Monsoon2014 http://t.co/Rip7vX6pxV

7:57 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The storm moved north and engulfed everything in its path.

Very cool time lapse of the Superstitions from Breanna Victoria Solheim. #Monsoon2014

AZ Family@azfamily

Very cool time lapse of the Superstitions from Breanna Victoria Solheim. #Monsoon2014

6:41 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

SRP cites over 10,000 without power in Phoenix metro area due to storm - http://t.co/VbniwVT6ik

News/Talk 92.3 KTAR@KTAR923

SRP cites over 10,000 without power in Phoenix metro area due to storm - http://t.co/VbniwVT6ik

8:04 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The dust cloud was 3,000 feet tall and 30 miles wide, according to ABC 15.

RT @AmberSullins: View from Queen Creek Cam of the dust storm building now. Moving N into the Valley from Maricopa.

ABC15 Arizona@abc15

RT @AmberSullins: View from Queen Creek Cam of the dust storm building now. Moving N into the Valley from Maricopa.

5:16 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tonight's haboob engulfing the Superstition Mountains (AZ) @JesseJHamilton @JimCantore @weatherchannel

Rick Furmanek@rafurmanek

Tonight's haboob engulfing the Superstition Mountains (AZ) @JesseJHamilton @JimCantore @weatherchannel

9:05 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Flights in and out of Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport stopped temporarily because of the storm. The airport was cleared for flights again at 8:10 p.m.

“Dust Storm Approaching Sky Harbor.” A frame from my dust storm TL tonight! #AZChasers #AZWx #DustStorm #haboob

Bryan Snider@BryanSnider

“Dust Storm Approaching Sky Harbor.” A frame from my dust storm TL tonight! #AZChasers #AZWx #DustStorm #haboob

9:18 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

WEATHER UPDATE: Thousands without power, significant weather advisory issued until 7:30: http://t.co/dMPeJsmv6S

azcentral@azcentral

WEATHER UPDATE: Thousands without power, significant weather advisory issued until 7:30: http://t.co/dMPeJsmv6S

7:29 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The storm knocked out power to 10,500 homes. By 8 p.m. MT, 8,800 were still without power.

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Haboobs are created when downdrafts from a forming thunderstorm kick off lose dirt and silt. The word "haboob" comes from Arabic, which makes sense because these types of storms are common in near the Sahara.

Visibility was extremely low inside the dust cloud, with The Arizona Republic saying it "ranged from no visibility to 1/2 mile" before hitting Phoenix.

Very dusty here in Eloy. Visibility down. #azwx #azchasers

Trey Greenwood@StormChaseAZ

Very dusty here in Eloy. Visibility down. #azwx #azchasers

4:50 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Dust storm and rush home traffic not a good combination #haboob

Tony Squieri@tsquieri

Dust storm and rush home traffic not a good combination #haboob

6:02 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

After the dust passed, a thunderstorm moved into the area. The National Weather Service also warned of flash flooding.

AWESOME pic sent in from Ronald Reed Sill from #Chandler. More photos from tonight's storm: http://t.co/Xkc8Ln6vwZ

ABC15 Arizona@abc15

AWESOME pic sent in from Ronald Reed Sill from #Chandler. More photos from tonight's storm: http://t.co/Xkc8Ln6vwZ

8:50 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Great lightning shot from #ABC15 photog @ChenchoTV! Send YOUR photos to share@abc15.com

ABC15 Arizona@abc15

Great lightning shot from #ABC15 photog @ChenchoTV! Send YOUR photos to share@abc15.com

7:33 PM - 25 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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