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Massive Dust Storm Descends On Phoenix [Video]

While dust storms might not be a new occurrence for Arizona natives, a massive one that recently descended on Phoenix has been captured in amazing video footage. The above video of the storm was captured by Mike Olbinski, who says that despite living in Phoenix for 35 years, he has never seen anything like this storm. The storm halted flights and knocked out power for more than 8,000 people as it rolled through. This type of dust storm is being described as a “haboob“, which aside from being fun to say (we’re adults, we swear), is a word of Arabic origins that means a violent and oppressive wind blowing in summer, particularly with regard to bringing sand from the desert.

(Mike Olbinski via Gizmodo)

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