Photos: Dust storm blows through Phoenix

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 11:55 PM

PHOENIX -  Another giant wall of dust rolled through the Phoenix area Monday night bringing back memories of the storm a few weeks ago.

The wall of dust, also known as a haboob, hit the downtown area moved in from the southeast.

The storm brought reduced visibility and heavy winds from the East Valley to the West Valley.

Traffic at Sky Harbor airport was interrupted for a short while as the storm passed through the area.

Another giant dust storm in Arizona caught worldwide attention on July 5. That storm brought a mile-high wall of dust that halted airline flights, knocked out power for hundreds of people and turned swimming pools into mud pits.

This time there was minimal damage. The West Valley was the hardest hit as they also saw rain and there were some reports of hail in the Sun City area.

Weather officials say haboobs only happen in Arizona, the Sahara desert and parts of the Middle East because of dry conditions and large amounts of sand.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
 

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