​Beautiful, Terrifying Dust Storm Choke Slams Phoenix

A blinding dust storm roared through Phoenix on Thursday evening, with 50+ MPH winds knocking out power to tens of thousands of residents.

The spectacular yet filthy haboob also sparked fires, forced flight cancelations, coated entire neighborhoods with thick dust and caused all sorts of mayhem in general.

It also caused some localized flooding, because why not? Meteorologists say that the storm was just the first of the 2014 monsoon season.

Welcome to Phoenix!

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