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West Texas Hit With 1,000-Foot-High Dust Storm

Dust storm at the airport in Lubbock, West Texas, on Tuesday.National Weather Service Lubbock

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A massive wall of dust known as a haboob rose up to 1,000 feet high and 200 miles wide as it roared across West Texas and New Mexico Tuesday.

The dust was lifted into the air ahead of a fast-moving cold front that reached Lubbock, already suffering from a lingering drought, National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Aldrich told NBC Dallas-Forth Worth. Wind gusts reached 50 mph, he added.

Originally an arabic term, a haboob is a word for a dust storm or sandstorm.

As the storm passed over many people tweeted about the huge dust cloud.

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