Gotta Watch: Extreme sand and dust storms
CNN iReporter Mujahid Latif captured images of this storm in Saudi Arabia.
April 16th, 2012
06:03 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Extreme sand and dust storms

Hold on tight as you watch these videos! Photographers had to battle strong sand and dust storms to capture these eye-popping clips.  Our first "Gotta Watch" video was captured by iReporter Mujahid Latif as he watched a wall of sand blow through Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

This meteorological phenomenon impacted a wedding in Arizona, too. See how the couple reacted when their wedding ceremony was suddenly covered in dust.

And a CNN reporter got a taste of one of these storms while shooting on location in Iraq. See him covered in dust as he tries to report from Camp Adder.

You've "Gotta Watch" these videos and more!

Massive sandstorm outside Riyadh

A sandstorm recently slammed into Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, turning day into night with almost zero visibility. iReporter Mujahid Latif captured images of the weather phenomenon on his camera and shared them with CNN.

Couple marries amid dust storm

Gus and Jennifer Luna experienced a memorable wedding day after their outdoor nuptials were crashed by a huge sandstorm in Florence, Ariz., on Sept. 10, 2011.

Reporter caught in Iraqi sandstorm

Back in 2010, CNN's Fred Pleitgen tried to file a report from Camp Adder, Iraq, about the U.S. troop drawdown. He ended up getting covered in a cloud of sand and dust instead!

Dust storm creates visibility issues

Back in July of last year, CNN affiliate KNXV captured stunning images of a dust storm making its way across Ariziona.

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  1. Violins

    Duuust in the wind...! Alll we aaare is duuuust in the wiii-iiind...ooohhh. oooooohhhhh ohh ooohhhhhhh.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Woo hoo!

      April 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Percival Hutchinson IV.jr, blithering chap

    Blimey !

    April 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ♚Mmmmm♛

    where are the tornado's when you need them to suck this mess up!

    April 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Now *that* was funny....

      April 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. portland tony


    April 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @portland tony, I was living in Phoenix when this haboub hit. Fortunately I was home but I was scrubbing dust off of my patio and jacuzzi area for months. It was early evening when it hit but the eerie light and dust was something that I never want to see again. Then of course there were major power outages after.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Barney

    Talk about whirlwind romance!

    April 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      well that would certainly lend some true that love blinds...

      April 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lyd

    What a crappy videorecording for a reporter.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mujahid

      Dear Lyd,

      I recorded this video with my Samsung S2. The bad video quality is from CNN not from my end. You can check video quality on following link or just search (Dust Storm in KSA 13th Friday 2012) vidoe link of youtube:


      April 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr Dalloway

    As a resident of Chicago I would be quite awe stricken if I would see a sand/dust storm in reality.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr Dalloway

    To all of you please be wonderful.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    Bleh. I served in Iraq. Nothing great about dust storms. It's cool to take pictures and video outside as the whole sky turns orange, but after a it, you just wanna go back inside as you can hardly breathe in the crap.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nom de plume

    Wow that could wear out your car engne or airplane engine in a hurry. Don't drive, don't fly.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rogue351

    While you watch this think of all the US troops that George W. Bush sent over to this hell hole to protect Americas oil interest and how much it costs in lives and American dollars. But yet you are ready to put another Republican in office because Obama has not been able to dig the USA out of the hole the last Republican administration put us in fast enough for your liking. Selfish Republicans with your guns, KKK members and Glenn Beck, Hannity hate radio . Republicans will be the down fall of the greatest nation on earth.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ladynred

    KKK were democrats. Learn your history. (rogue 351)

    April 17, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Colinmb

      You are correct. Just goes to show how parties ( or should I say their members) flip flop their stance in order to gain votes. The republicans were responsible for freeing the slaves but now they are against helping anyone who doesn't have a business and 6 figure income.

      April 17, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
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