Parts of Arizona were engulfed by monsoon weather this week, sending a wall of dust across a portion of the state, resembling Armageddon.
For the third consecutive day on Tuesday, the Phoenix area was swallowed by a massive wall of dust, turning daylight into darkness for more than hour, bringing high winds and thunderstorms to the metropolitan area.
The U.S. National Weather Service said the thick wall of dust reduced visibility to less than 400 metres. The storm packed winds over 80 km/h, ripping off the roof of at least one apartment building. No injuries were reported.
Dust storms are common during Arizona’s monsoon season, which runs from mid-June to the end of September, and the storms put on quite the show. The National Weather Service said dust storms, also known as Haboobs, occur as a result of outflow winds from strong thunderstorms. The winds can cause a dust storm, reducing visibility at a rapid pace.
According the weather agency, Haboobs can be kilometres long and reach thousands of metres high.
Photos and video show the slow moving wall of dust, engulfing landscape as it crosses portions of the state. The blue sky quickly turns to orange sending areas into almost darkness.
Here’s a look at some of incredible images of Arizona’s dust storms.