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Massive dust storm engulfs West Texas, causing near-zero visibility

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A line of severe storms brought a massive amount of dust in West Texas on Monday afternoon, March 22, 2021. The dust storm turned skies into dark orange and left motorists with near-zero visibility.

A massive dust storm kicked up by severe storms blanketed the skies over West Texas on Monday afternoon, leading to extremely low visibility.

The thick dust turned the day into dark as an orange hue engulfed parts of the South Plains, blocking sunlight in the late afternoon.

A dust storm warning was issued for Lubbock and surrounding counties by Monday evening due to damaging wind gusts over 96 km/h (60 mph) and near-zero visibility due to blowing dust.

Dust storms are usually caused by intense thunderstorms. They often occur in areas with dry soil as loosely bound particles are lofted into the air, remaining suspended due to high winds.

Most dust storms in the U.S. occur in the South or Southwest, specifically Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California.

Featured image credit: NOAA/GOES-16, Zoom Earth

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