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A huge dust storm known as a "haboob" rolled through through Eastern Washington Tuesday, leaving a trail of amazing photos in its wake.

Witnesses described the haboob as a wall of dust slowing creeping over the area. Viewers sent in dozens of photos of the dust wall as it moved and created zero visibility for drivers on Interstate 90.

A haboob, derived from the Arabic word haab for wind or blow, is a very strong dust and sand storm that moves through hot and dry regions. They're common in arid regions such as the Sahara desert, the Arabian peninsula, and North Africa. In the U.S., they regularly occur in Arizona.

In Washington state, near the city of Spokane, the wall of dust was blanketing farming towns.

Weather Service employees clocked the winds in Ritzville, Washington at 60 miles-per-hour during the storm.

Haboobs form when air is forced down and pushed forward by the front of a traveling thunderstorm cell, which drags with it dust and debris, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Winds of speeds up to 60 miles per hour can stir up dust and sand and create a blowing wall as high as 10,000 feet. Haboobs usually last only 10 to 30 minutes, but on rare occasions can last longer and create hazardous conditions for ground transportation systems, air traffic and motorists.

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One of the most amazing #AugustStorm pictures of the day. Sent in by a viewer from Ritzville #k2nsummer

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