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    Video and Photos from Texas Dust Storm

    By By Grace Muller, AccuWeather.com staff writer
    October 20, 2011, 7:51:47 AM EDT

    The winds are whipping through Lubbock, Tex. with dust swirling through the air.

    "The dust storm just gave us a preview of West Texas during a nuclear winter," a dust storm witness Will McKay tweeted.

    Around 6:30 pm local time, winds were sustained at 39 mph, but gusting to 64 mph. At that time, there had been no damage reports by the National Weather Service.

    Video by Sonny Patten

    What caused the dust storm? It's "partly because they're in that terrible drought," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said.

    "When you have winds blowing over 60 mph in Lubbock, like they have been, it makes you prone to dust storms. When the soil gets really dry, this year is an extreme example of it, you start getting blowing dust out there. You can kick up quite a bit of dust and lower the visibility. It can make everything dirty too, ha, which is no fun."

    The strong winds also downed numerous power lines in Lubbock, while causing damage to an airport hanger and the roof of a fire department nearby.


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