Dust Storm Phoenix

July 6, 2011 by staff 

Dust Storm PhoenixDust Storm Phoenix, A huge dust storm enveloped areas of Arizona on Tuesday night, causing low visibility and delaying flights in and out of the state’s largest airport. Violent dust storm or sand called habub is usually caused by desert land and can extend thousands of feet high, according to the National Weather Service.

That led the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a ground stop for an hour and 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

The storm had sustained winds of up to 69 mph and stretched over 30 kilometers long at a time; according to a meteorologist at CNN affiliate KNXV-TV.

Parties also were under severe thunderstorm warning Tuesday night.

More than 10,000 customers were without electricity at the height of the storm, said spokeswoman Jenna Shaver Arizona Public Service.

Many of them have the power, he said.

Habub comes from the Arabic word that means wind and is used to describe the sand and dust storms around the world.

In addition to the visibility that can cause accidents, can also habubs uprooting trees, damaging roofs and power lines cut.

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