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Strong winds kick up dust storm in parts of West Texas

June 6, 2019
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The National Weather Service says a "wall of dirt" passed over Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday. It says strong thunderstorms picked up a large amount of dust, which moved across that region of North Texas along with 60 mph wind gusts. (June 6)
The National Weather Service says a "wall of dirt" passed over Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday. It says strong thunderstorms picked up a large amount of dust, which moved across that region of North Texas along with 60 mph wind gusts. (June 6)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Strong winds have kicked up a dust storm in parts of West Texas.

Forecasters blamed strong thunderstorms northwest of Lubbock for producing an outflow that lifted considerable amounts of dust on Wednesday, causing what’s known as a haboob. The National Weather Service said visibility dropped quickly in the Lubbock area as the wall of dirt passed.

Winds topped 60 mph (96 kph) on Wednesday as skies darkened in some areas.

Forecasters advised people to stay indoors.

Thunderstorms were expected to decrease Thursday, giving way to mostly sunny skies.

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