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Residents thrown into panic as major dust storm engulfs Emali

Kenyans online on Thursday shared images of a major dust storm which they said was at Emali along Mombasa road.

Those who shared the images warned motorists of a high likelihood that the major highway would have poor visibility.

A dust storm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions and takes place when a gust front or other strong wind blows loose sand and dirt from a dry surface.

They are common especially in northern Kenya where in April this year, a similar phenomenon was experienced in Marsabit.

The Thursday occurrence happened as many parts of the country experienced the start of the short rains.