Dust storm engulfs Phoenix

August 20th, 2011 - 12:26 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Arizona, Aug 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Flights and other forms of transportation in Phoenix were disrupted on Thursday night following a severe dust storm that lasted about 40 minutes. This is the third time that a major dust storm has struck the state in the summer. Almost 5,000 households were left without power when the storm brought down trees and power lines.

The dusts were carried in winds of 60 mph. The severe storm caused no plane to take off or land at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Most of the damage in sand storm is caused by microbursts.

National Weather Service‚Äôs Austin Jamison explained that, “It’s kind of like dumping a glass of water onto a table.”

He explained that the average for a year is between one and two sand storms but three is not unusual.

A spokesperson of APS explained that the company is working to get the affected homes restored. APS Spokesman Dan Wool assured that, “Crews worked overnight, and as of 7 (this morning), only 15 were without power.”

In June, there were two sand storms. The first storm happened on the 5th of July with the next one striking on the 18th of July.

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