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Haboob Hit The Midwest


47of74

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There was an intense dust storm that moved through the Upper Midwest (IA, SD, NE, and MN) Thursday.

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High winds moving in front of severe storms caused the phenomenon. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts as high as 107 mph.

Dakota News Now reports South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem confirmed one person was killed in the storm in the southeastern part of the state. State and city leaders there are reportedly planning to hold a briefing in Sioux Falls Friday morning to discuss cleanup efforts.

Thousands are without power, and many structures are damaged. Many power lines and trees are down across the region.

And there is actually a name for what happened too.

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An intense dust storm called a haboob hit northwest Iowa in the Little Rock area late yesterday, causing a temporary black out due to the amount of dust in the air.

According to the Arizona Republic, the word to describe this weather phenomenon was first used in the United States in 1972.

“It is pronounced huh-BOOB,” Meteorologist Allan Curtis of the National Weather Service office in Johnston told Radio Iowa this morning.

Fifty years ago, Arizona scientists began using the word to describe the dust storms that swept through the Phoenix area. The National Weather Service uses the term, but Curtis said most Iowans probably haven’t heard it because haboobs are most common in dry, arid regions in the southwest U.S. and western plains.

The NWS said they can occur anywhere but usually occur in the Southwest.

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