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Lubbock Cleans Up From Dust Storm

The dust storm turned daylight an ominous red in Lubbock.
Photo by timandkris
The dust storm turned daylight an ominous red in Lubbock.

Life is getting back to normal in Lubbock after a dust cloud shrouded the city on Monday. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper described it as an “end-of-the world sight”, and when you check out this video, you can see why.


The storm, with winds gusting above 70 miles an hour, caused at least two planes to tip over at the Lubbock International Airport, according to the city’s ABC affiliate KAMC 28.Car washes were busy, and downed trees limbs caused power outages.

Lubbock residents couldn’t help but compare the cloud to the 1930s Dust Bowl, when severe drought and unsustainable farming techniques left top soil exposed to wind erosion.    

“My wife and I have lived in Lubbock for 49 years and in West Texas for 52 years, and I have never seen a dust storm like this,” City Councilman Paul Beane told the Avalanche-Journal.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.