Beginning in Tucson and sweeping north at 60mph, a dust storm 50 miles wide poured into the city of Phoenix Tuesday night toppling trees, smothering streets, and closing the local airport.
The wall of sand and dirt hit the city at about 7:30 p.m. local time causing blackouts and leaving 8,000 people without electricity.
Dust storms like this are common in the Middle East and northern China, but haven’t been common in the U.S. since the 1930s dust bowl era.
Check out a video of the cloud coming in below:
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