Large Haboob slams Washington!

HARRINGTON, Wash. (WIAT) – It looks like a storm of epic proportions, and it’s something that you don’t see here in Alabama. It’s a huge storm known as a haboob that swept through eastern Washington.

Footage of the haboob was captured Tuesday in Harrington about 50 miles southwest of Spokane. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), haboobs are formed “when air is forced down and pushed forward by the front of a traveling thunderstorm cell.”

They can pack winds of up to 60 miles an hour to stir up dust and sand.

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