Dust Storm in Phoenix, Arizona
It looked like something from a monster movie when a massive dust cloud swamped Phoenix, Arizona.
The dust cloud was some 50 to 100 miles wide and a mile high and moved at speeds upwards of 60 mph. As it approached the city people were in left in stark awe and terror as they had no idea what was happening. Planes barely made it to the airport, cars were stopped cold, air filters clogged in businesses, homes, and vehicles.
Traffic all but stopped as people made their way to the nearest shelters.
Emergency crews were out in force doing whatever they could to help out. Some vehicles were toppled as were trees and damage to buildings and homes.
Electrical power to thousands of homes occurred as well.
Health officials are afraid of the development of what is referred to as Valley Fever, an illness caused by spores on the air. People outside should be wearing a mask or air filter mask to prevent the opportunity of acquiring the disease.
The time of infection and the time of the show of symptoms can be from one to four weeks so it’s advisable anyone with symptoms should see their physician asap.
The storm is said to have occurred because of a failed thunderstorm that sent a downburst of air so strong it kicked up the dry dust and sent it hurtling across the state.
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