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Incredible dust storm with near hurricane force winds batters eastern Iran

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
5/28/2018, 12:31:32 PM

A powerful dust storm struck parts of eastern Iran on Monday causing near zero visibility.

The city of Zabol, near the border with Afghanistan reported a wind gust of 60 knots (112 km/h) during the height of the storm which lasted around 12 hours.

Visibility was 1/4 of a mile (0.40 km) or less for more than three straight hours in the city.

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The above image show the location of Zabol, Iran where a damaging dust storm affected the region on Monday.

Reports from local media indicate that at least 99 people were injured by the powerful winds and blowing dust.

The dust storm was caused by a strong upper level storm system that tracked north of the region bringing thunderstorms to Turkmenistan and northern Afghanistan, but just producing powerful winds in eastern Iran.

The lack of rainfall and strong winds created ideal conditions for this powerful dust storm.

While dust storms are not uncommon in the region, a 12-hour event is rare.

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