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A Crazy Sandstorm Struck Tehran And Plunged The City Into Darkness

The rare wind and dust storm left five dead and around 30 injured.

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The storm struck close to 5 p.m. Iran time. The worst of the freak weather lasted about 15 minutes.

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People in cars and the streets scrambled for cover as winds reached up to 70mph, state media reported.

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Iran is earthquake prone, but today's unusual dust and wind storm rattled residents.

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State TV told Iranians to stay indoors after the deadly storm broke. The government deployed 7,000 emergency workers, but reportedly issued no warnings before it struck.

خيابان وليعصر تهران،امروز بعد از طوفان

Daniel@Daniel_enayati

خيابان وليعصر تهران،امروز بعد از طوفان 😱😬

9:59 AM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Iranians shared Hollywood-esque videos of the storm on (technically banned) social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram.

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#Iran: Inside the sand storm in #Tehran Sanat Sq. عکس دیگری از داخل طوفان شن در تهران. عکس از ایرن

Aidin Azarkerdar@aaidin

#Iran: Inside the sand storm in #Tehran Sanat Sq. عکس دیگری از داخل طوفان شن در تهران. عکس از ایرن

12:15 PM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Storm disrupts electricity/water/internet in different areas across Tehran, @aaidin reports. #Iran

Negar Mortazavi نگار@NegarMortazavi

Storm disrupts electricity/water/internet in different areas across Tehran, @aaidin reports. #Iran

12:43 PM - 02 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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