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    PHOTOS: Desert Thunderstorms Spawn Floods, Dust Storms

    By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    August 31, 2013, 3:16:57 AM EDT

    Leftover moisture from the former Tropical Storm Ivo has invaded the Desert Southwest area, bringing both a deluge of flooding rain and swarms of haboobs, a type of dust storm that hits desert areas during the monsoon season. The dust storms, though intense, are fairly short-lived, as a downdraft from seasonal thunderstorms pushes dry dust in a cloud across the area.

    "They act like mini cold fronts with the dust layer spreading out in front of a thunderstorm," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Ken Clark. "These can bring extremely low visibility and even cause traffic accidents and disrupt air travel at airports they affect."

    Phoenix Weather Forecast
    What is a Haboob?
    Ivo's Rain Continues to Deluge the Southwest

    Rain will continue for the area on Tuesday.


    Flood waters across the Las Vegas area deserts

    Rain pools on Las Vegas Streets

    Flooded roadways in Arizona

    Instagram user misslenelene wrote with this image that the flooding has invaded homes and stores at Fort Irwin in California. "#MotherNature Has Spoken To Those That Complain About No Rain"


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