Dust Storm Chokes Phoenix It messes up flights, causes thousands to lose power By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Jul 26, 2014 6:59 AM CDT 24 comments Comments This image made from video provided by ABC15.com shows a massive dust storm over Phoenix Friday. (AP Photo/ABC15.com) (Newser) – Thousands of Phoenix residents lost power when a huge dust storm rolled in yesterday evening, reports NBC News. The storm arrived in time to mess up the rush-hour commute and also temporarily forced a halt to incoming flights at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, reports the Arizona Republic. A storm like this is called a haboob, which NPR explains is from the Arabic word for a summer dust storm. See ABC15 for a collection of photos.