The first dust storm of the season swept through Phoenix on Thursday night and interfered with holiday travel and activities for the area.
Classified as a haboob in some areas, or an intense dust storm brought about by high winds, rain and thunderstorms also accompanied the dust clouds, inducing local street flooding.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix reported an estimated inch of rainfall in 30 minutes.
The powerful storm pushed through bringing intense winds, some up to 50 mph according to the NWS Phoenix. As the dust clouds rolled over the city, visibility became poor and traffic was stalled.
Freelance photographer and storm chaser Bryan Snider captured this time-lapse of the Phoenix dust storm Thursday night, July 3. (Video/Vimeo/Bryan Snider)
Sky Harbor International Airport was forced to stall all inbound and outbound traffic after 8 p.m. PDT, according to an article by the Associated Press. By 8:45 p.m., flights were resumed.
The wall of dust approaches the NWS Phoenix offices near 7:40 p.m. Thursday. (Photo/NWS Phoenix)
More than 25,000 people were without power as the storms caused outages across the area, the AP reported. They also reported that the local fireworks show, set for Thursday night, had to be cancelled due to the storm.
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Hurricane Ignacio may enhance showers and stir rough surf for the Hawaiian Islands as it approaches next week.
After Erika brings heavy rain and locally gusty winds from Hispaniola eastern Cuba into Friday night, the system will move toward the Bahamas, the Keys and South Florida this weekend.
As many as seven tropical cyclones were churning throughout the world this past week, while smoke from wildfires across the Pacific Northwest led to poor air quality across the region.
Heat will linger in Eastern Europe for much of the fall season; meanwhile, the British Isles and northwestern Europe can expect a stormy end to the season.
As Hurricane Katrina barreled towards the Gulf Coast, peaking at Category 5 strength while feasting on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, meteorologists around the country prepared to deliver one of the most crucial and life-saving forecasts in history.
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New England (1816)
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