Deadly Dust Storm Engulfs Iran's Capital

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
June 3, 2014; 4:49 AM ET
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A powerful thunderstorm created a dust storm that has left at least four people dead in Tehran, Iran.

The storm struck between 5 and 6 p.m. local time, sending temperatures from 33 C (91 F) to 19 C (66 F) in just an hour.

Along with the dramatic temperature drop, wind gusts reached nearly 70 mph during the storm as these powerful west winds blew thick dust through the city.

Pedestrians cross a street in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 2, 2014, while a flash dust storm hits the Iranian capital. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The winds also knocked down numerous trees and power lines, leaving many without power and snarling traffic throughout the city, according to Channel NewsAsia.

Reports also indicate that at least 27 other people were injured, mainly from falling trees and automobile accidents during the storm.

A tower crane is is enveloped in dust in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 2, 2014, while a flash dust storm hits the Iranian capital. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The Iranian Students New Agency reported that more than 50,000 homes were without power following the storm. Around 7,000 emergency workers were unitized to assist with recovery efforts.

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The threat for thunderstorms will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday before calmer weather returns later in the week.

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