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Albuquerque experienced haboob, or dust storm, on Sunday.

Dust storm sweeps through Albuquerque, New Mexico

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    Monday, June 17, 2013, 12:51 PM -

    Parts of New Mexico experienced some interesting weather on Sunday.

    Metro Albuquerque saw a haboob, or dust cloud, during the afternoon hours.

    Strong winds and low visibility were reported through the day and several tree branches were scattered in the area. 

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the term haboob derives from the Arabic word haab, meaning wind or blow.

    A true haboob will generate a wall of dust or sand up to 10,000 feet tall and can last 30 minutes or longer, NOAA says.

    Motorists are encouraged to pull off the road during a dust storm as low visibility could create dangerous driving conditions.

    With files from CNN

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