A portion of Interstate 10 was closed in Arizona on Sunday after two dust storms converged to create one serious road hazard.
The incident occurred on August 16th in the greater Phoenix area during a record breaking heat wave.
According to Fox News, just after the city reached 115 ‘F, beating the previous record of 113 ‘F, a thunderstorm formed over the city, developing winds that triggered the two hazardous dust storms.
By 6 p.m., a “wall of dust” could be seen moving south across the city, lowering visibility to zero miles at the Sky Harbor International Airport.
Drivers along I-10 were forced to pull over, and a semi truck traveling near Picacho Peak was blown over during the dust storm, closing the interstate. Luckily, no injuries have been reported.
The National Weather Service describes these storms, also called Haboobs, as “relatively common” in the American Southwest during Monsoon Season in July through September, but that these storms can technically occur anywhere in the United States.
“Blinding, choking dust can quickly reduce visibility, causing accidents that may involve chain collisions, creating massive pileups,” writes the NWS.
“Dust storms usually last only a few minutes, but the actions a motorist takes during the storm may be the most important of his or her life.”
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