A large monsoon storm north of Tucson, Arizona created a massive dust storm during the evening of July 8, 2018, leaving more than 21 000 homes and businesses without power.
The storm was so strong that it temporarily created near zero visibility in parts of the state, forcing officials to close Interstate 10 near Casa Grande. Eastbound traffic was stopped just south of the State Route 187 junction while westbound was stopped at milepost 200, near Interstate 8, and closed for about half an hour, the AZ Family reports.
What a difference a half an hour makes - here is the view from our camera on I-17 SB at Daisy Mountain as the dust storm rolls on in. pic.twitter.com/IiL7ab7kmn— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) July 9, 2018
Dusty conditions have encroached onto the southern Valley. Here is what I-10 heading into Chandler looks like. pic.twitter.com/GLOyLtk2rq— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) July 9, 2018
The dust storm has reached downtown Phoenix, with I-10 and I-17 looking almost like a post-apocalyptic wasteland on our cameras. We are reminding drivers to continue to drive safely and pull aside if visibility becomes an issue. #pullasidestayalive pic.twitter.com/MkFR0vdIzo— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) July 9, 2018
Wind gusts reached nearly 100 km/h (60 mph), leaving more than 21 000 customers across the state without power.
The large haboob can be seen overtaking South Mountain and approaching Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.
The video below shows the large haboob overtaking South Mountain and approaching Phoenix Sky Harbor airport:
Video courtesy Live Storms Media
Featured image: Large haboob overtaking South Mountain and approaching Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. Credit: Live Storms Media