Tehran swallowed by duststorm once again
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:07 PM -
The Iranian city of Tehran was covered in dust as a powerful storm hit the city on Friday.
Winds reach speeds up to 85 kilometers per hour. No fatalities were reported but uprooted trees and flying debris did leave 14 people hospitalized.
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The storm originated in the Qazvin region and entered Tehran from the west.
On Monday, the city was hit by a more powerful storm that killed at least five and injured more than 50. The system also caused power outages all across the city and damaged vehicles and building. Several flights were cancelled or delayed out of Tehran's Mehrabad Airport.
The storm's impact was intensified by its sudden appearance. At 5 p.m. local time the temperature was about 32 C. Less than 20 minutes later, the temperature dropped 10 degrees and winds pick up drastically. Duststorms usually form when thunderstorms blast the desert ground and carry the dust with it.