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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