Massive Dust Storm Devours Phoenix Area

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

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

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

7. 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)

SRP cites over 10,000 without power in Phoenix metro area due to storm -

— News/Talk 92.3 KTAR (@KTAR923)

10. 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)

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

— Rick Furmanek (@rafurmanek)

13. 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.

Just survived a dust storm nbd

— Alana Moylan (@alana_gracee)

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

— Bryan Snider (@BryanSnider)

WEATHER UPDATE: Thousands without power, significant weather advisory issued until 7:30:

— azcentral (@azcentral)

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

19. 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.

22. 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)

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

— Tony Squieri (@tsquieri)

25. 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:

— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15)

Great lightning shot from #ABC15 photog @ChenchoTV! Send YOUR photos to

— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15)

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