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Lubbock, Texas Dust Storm: Massive Dust Clouds Roll Over West Texas (VIDEOS)

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 10/18/11 02:19 PM ET Updated: 12/18/11 05:12 AM ET

A massive dust storm recently slammed into Lubbock, Texas, downing power lines and leaving many in awe.

The storm hit around 5:50 p.m. Monday, immediately dropping the temperature to 15 or 20 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Fox 34 News. Winds ranged from 58 to 72 miles per hour, as the storm knocked over planes and blew away a hangar roof at Lubbock International Airport.

The Associated Press reports that according to the National Weather Service, the 8,000 foot high dust cloud dropped visibility to between zero and less than a quarter of a mile. "It went from light to dark, just like that," Lubbock convenience store clerk Alma Williams told the AP. "I've never seen anything like it. It really scared me."

No injuries were reported following the storm.

This massive dust cloud is just another product of the Texas drought, which is already one of the worst in the state's history. According to the AP, much of Texas is still experiencing an "exceptional drought," the most severe category.

However, Texas isn't the only state that's susceptible to this type of storm. Back in July, an enormous dust storm engulfed Phoenix, Arizona, the likes of which few had ever seen.

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