Massive Dust Storm Smothers US City

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Ashley Carnahan Contributor
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A massive dust storm swept across Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday, covering parts of the city.

Phoenix and surrounding areas experienced wind gusts of up to 50 mph and a “wall of dust,” according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Dust, thunderstorms and heavy rain are a part of the monsoon season in Arizona. The National Weather Service said monsoon season in northern Arizona typically runs from June 15 to Sep. 30. A monsoon is defined as “large-scale wind shifts that transport moist tropical air to dry desert locations, such as the southwestern United States,” according to the organization.

“Most Valley residents know how quickly and furiously storms can move in and out, bringing strong winds, dust, rain, and flash flooding. These storms can cause interruptions in services, such as water, power, and gas,” Captain Ashley Losch of the Glendale Fire Department said, according to Fox10 Phoenix. (RELATED: Man Arrested For Complaining About The Weather)

The Arizona Emergency Network says if residents find themselves in a dust storm, they should pull over immediately and turn off their headlights and taillights. Residents are also told to stay in their cars until the storm passes.