PHOENIX (AP) – A massive dust storm has swept into the Phoenix area, Arizona (Southwest U.S.) Tuesday night, reducing visibility and almost completely disrupting air traffic. Strong winds accompanying the storm uprooted trees and knocked out power several thousand homes.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the real wall of sand was derived from a storm earlier in the day in the Tucson area. The storm, 80km wide in places by chain KSAZ-TV, has spread across the desert to the north, before reaching the Phoenix dusk.
Wind gusts exceeding 100 km / h were recorded during the passage of the cloud of sand on Phoenix and surrounding communities of Avondale, Tempe and Scottsdale. Air traffic was disrupted for about an hour.