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PHOENIX – A large dust storm has buried Phoenix!

The storm traveled across The Valley of the Sun at 70 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. It originated near Tucson and reached metro Phoenix about 7:30 p.m.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was shut down and over 300 airplanes are now considered “missing.

The dust storm also caused all communication and satellite equipment to fail. It’s impossible to get in touch with anyone in Phoenix.

Strong winds snapped trees like toothpicks. Houses were blown away in dust balls.

The towering dust cloud that hit the area had originated in an afternoon storm in the Tucson area before moving north across the desert, said National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Iniguez.

Before bearing down on the Phoenix valley, radar data showed the storm’s wall of dust had reached as high as 15,000 to 20,000 feet.

The dust storm soon blanketed the entire city.  It was part of the Arizona monsoon season, which typically starts in mid-June and lasts through Sept. 30.

Here’s a video of the dust storm approaching Phoenix: