A giant dust storm covers Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher) (AP)

Phoenix swallowed whole by dust storm

Arizona screeched to a halt last night after it was enveloped by a massive cloud

Peter Finocchiaro
July 6, 2011 6:07PM (UTC)

At dusk yesterday evening, Phoenix, Ariz., disappeared as a nearly mile-high wall of dust descended on the city. The storm -- called a "haboob" -- isn't uncommon in the region, though Arizonans who spoke with the AP said last night's event was worse than usual. Planes at the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix were grounded for a little than an hour by the storm, which also left about 10,000 customers without power. We've collected a handful of video and photos from the storm, which you can view below:





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