Hollywood couldn't have better scripted the wall of dust that looked big enough to eat Phoenix.
The violent dust or sandstorm, called a haboob, typically occurs over desert land and can stretch thousands of feet high, according to the National Weather Service.
Tuesday evening's version, which had sustained winds of up to 69 mph and stretched more than 100 miles at one time, was especially intense. Oddly, the thunderstorm it accompanied produced little rain.
"I've never seen it like this before," said National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Ellis, who has 33 years of service.
The dust storm caused low visibility and delayed flights in and out of the state's largest airport.
At least three flights were canceled and about a dozen were delayed at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport, said airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez. A few planes were checked for any dust in their engines.
The airport was operating normally Wednesday, according to Rodriguez. It suffered no real damage, although the dust set off smoke alarms when it entered terminal buildings.
The "UFO" video from CNN
CNN affiliate KNXV-TV broadcast striking images of the storm's advance into the Phoenix area.
CNN iReporter Steve Siwek Jr. also documented the haboob.
"As someone who has been born and raised in Phoenix, I am very used to dust storms," Siwek said. "This one however was unreal. It felt like a movie with its massive size and deep coloration."
Ellis said the density of the dust was notable. He likened its appearance to "dirty snow."
"Somebody was in line at a car wash and never saw so many cars," he told CNN Wednesday afternoon.
More than 10,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm, said spokeswoman Jenna Shaver of the Arizona Public Service.
Haboob comes from the Arabic word for wind and is used to describe sand and dust storms across the world. They usually occur during the summer monsoon season in the Southwest.
In addition to visibility that can cause accidents, haboobs can also uproot trees, damage roofs and bring down power lines.
Some of that occurred in several Arizona cities, including Paradise and Chandler. Trees and other items were uprooted and dust covered building tops and parking lots.
There was a possibility of another, but diminished, dust storm Wednesday night, according to Ellis. There was only a slight chance of a thunderstorm.
IReporter Christian Medrano, 18, of Tempe submitted a flip video of the incident.
"For the brief time the doors were open, a very fine film of dust developed around the house," the college student said. "Physically, we weren't too affected other than dust in the eyes."
ISIS to France: "We will be coming. Victory has been promised to us by Allah" 2015-11-26 3:33
Homegrown French ISIS fighters have issued a chilling threat of new attacks on France just 24 hours after the terrorist group used movie footage of the Eiffel Tower's collapse in another video.
A balaclava-clad militant is seen warning 'we will be coming, we will come to crush your country' in footage posted on Twitter earlier today.
It is unclear where the film ...
ISIS teenage 'poster girl' Samra Kesinovic 'beaten to death' as she tried to flee the group 2015-11-26 1:07 She appeared in social media images for the group carrying a Kalashnikov and surrounded by armed men
A teenage girl who ran away from her Vienna home to join Isis in Syria has reportedly been beaten to death by the group after trying to escape.
Samra Kesinovic, 17, travelled to Syria last year with her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15.
The two became a ...
The Right Stuff's flagship podcast "The Daily Shoah" has been censored by Soundcloud 2015-11-25 22:56
Editor's note: The PC corporate moral police strike again. Just as Radio 3Fourteen & Red Ice Radio were censored from iTunes, The Daily Shoah was pulled from Soundcloud today. As per usual, there is a double standard, they allow any kind of anti-White material:
No counter culture humor making fun of the genocidal mainstream garbage is allowed!
Soundcloud took it upon ...
Merkel Welcomes A Million More: Vows To Stand By Refugee Policy Despite Security Fears 2015-11-25 21:05
Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday to stick to her open-door refugee policy, defying criticism at home and abroad which has intensified due to growing fears about a potential security risk after the Islamist attacks in Paris.
Conservative Merkel faces splits in her right-left coalition and pressure from EU states, including France, over her insistence that Germany can cope with up ...
Paris Terrorist Was Gay 'Rent Boy', On The Run From Islamic State And Police 2015-11-25 20:16
The elusive eighth Paris attacker and one of three brothers implicated in the atrocity reportedly frequented gay clubs before the attack. He may have backed out of his mission at the last minute, and is possibly on the run from Islamic State as well as authorities.
“We had him down as a rent boy, he was always hanging out with that ...