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Epic Dust Storm Sweeps Through Valley

The leading edge of a massive dust storm that hit the Valley approaches Interstate 10 at about 7:20 p.m., near Riggs Road.
The leading edge of a massive dust storm that hit the Valley approaches Interstate 10 at about 7:20 p.m., near Riggs Road.
Image: Shannon Armour

Visibility as low as 50 feet. Muddy rain. Powdery stuff on teeth, in lungs. Blacked-out neighborhoods -- until you got close enough to see that the lights really were on.

Tonight's dust storm was dustier than the typical Arizona haboob, with fine particles just hanging in the air even during lulls in the gusty wind.

Definitely one to remember. Good luck to all drivers out there.

This shot was taken about five minutes after the above picture. Yup, driving in this stuff is not safe.
This shot was taken about five minutes after the above picture. Yup, driving in this stuff is not safe.
Image: Shannon Armour

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