Footage recorded in Dolan Springs, Arizona, on July 24, shows the moment when a dust storm quietly moved towards a home, with sand reducing visibility within minutes.
Sandra Mason was at home when she first noticed the cloud “embarking quietly down the mountain,” she told Storyful.
The video, which she shared to Facebook, shows the storm enveloping her property. In the background, her husband can be heard saying: “you’d better close the window in your room” as the sky turns ochre.
Mason told Storyful that the cloud rolled over their brick wall and into the yard.
“It was so still, quiet, [like] a light cooling breeze,” she said. “Within 30 seconds the sound of fury could be heard.”
She described objects flying around as “a ricochet of things being thrown,” and added that visibility was suddenly reduced to zero.
“[It was] absolutely fascinating and terrifying,” Mason said. “We moved here seven months ago for peace and quiet.” Credit: Sandra Mason via Storyful
SANDRA MASON: Yeah, Cindy, very unusual-looking. I'm gonna go ahead and go in because the blob is coming to get us. It's like "The Mummy."
What the hell is going on?
I just ran into the car.
They're coming for you, Vegas.
- Get a shot of--
SANDRA MASON: I'm not.
Yeah, I don't know what--
- I'm probably getting scared. I'm getting closer to the house. This is fucking scary. Oh, you better go close your window in your room.
SANDRA MASON: What's open?
- The window.
SANDRA MASON: Which one?
Wow, it's dark, dark. Look at that.
- Damage [INAUDIBLE].
- Whoa, look how fast it's moving. That is crazy.
SANDRA MASON: All right, get the dogs in.
- [INAUDIBLE]. Taylor, come.
SANDRA MASON: Come on, Sky.
- I've never seen nothing like this. This is crazy. [INAUDIBLE]
- It's going inside.
- Yeah, the dirt's here. There it is.
- [INAUDIBLE] protecting me.
SANDRA MASON: Oh, it's nice and cool, though. Ouch, I feel static.
- Yeah, you do not want to be driving in that. [INAUDIBLE]
SANDRA MASON: All right.