The dust storm hit around sunset Monday, The Weather Channel reported. At its height, visibility was reduced to less than a quarter-mile and wind gusts of as high as 60 mph were recorded.
Photographs posted on Twitter and Facebook show a spectacular sunset in the area.
The storm appeared to have caused no injuries or significant damage to buildings. Some trees were uprooted by the wind.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ordered a ground stop, halting all takeoffs and landings because of poor visibility.
The haboob was the second major one to hit Phoenix this summer.
In California, East County Magazine described two dust storms that hit Ocotillo, a small town in the Imperial Valley during the weekend. The magazine said its analysis of a recent pattern of increasing dust storms in the southwest suggests that industrial-size wind and solar power projects are contributing because vegetation is cleared for them.
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