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PHOTOS: Dust storm blows through Phoenix area

Phoenix was engulfed in a veil of dust early Tuesday afternoon as a dust storm moved through the city.

The dust storm, sometimes referred to as a haboob, moved through the Phoenix area ahead of a thunderstorm, greatly reducing visibility and causing the temperature to drop by nearly 20 degrees F.

Winds gusted past 45 mph in the city as the haboob blew through, but there were not any immediate reports of any wind damage.

The thunderstorm responsible for the haboob also lead to flash flooding just east of Phoenix and forced some road closures, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Motorists across the region should remain alert for more dust storms and heavy thunderstorms through the middle of the week as tropical moisture surges across the Southwest.