Thursday, July 19, 2018
OU must have seen a lot
of sandstorms. Do you
know how and why sand-
A sandstorm happens when
there is lots and lots of wind.
It starts with huge clouds that
carry the dust. These miles long,
dust-carrying clouds have wind
speed of 25 miles per hour. They
are extremely quick. One moment
they are not there, and just a
minute later, you can see them.
These storms generally occur in
dry and hot regions especially
in dry, flat regions, which means
a lot of land that can be blown
away. It occurs mostly in summer
and sometimes in spring.
This storm can be really very
quick and unsafe. It is for sure
not a day to wash your clothes
and hang them out to dry. A
person, who is in the middle of
a sand storm, will be completely
covered in dust and debris. It
causes traffic problem not just
on the roads, but flights as well.
It is due to the reason that get-
ting a clear vision of the route
This dust get in your eyes,
ears and mouth, so better be
careful. It causes sneezing and
breathing problems. What can
you do to be careful and safe in
Stay indoors. If it is not
important you should not leave
your home in order to minimize
the bad effects of sand storm
Make sure the windows are
shut and sealed.
Protect your eyes if you
have to go outside. Eyeglasses
provide protection, but airtight
goggles are the best in this
Do not let anyone around
you wear contact lenses because
even a tiny speck of dust can
cause irritation and vision
Do not rub your eyes even
if you feel like doing it to avoid
Wear a mask to cover
your nose. The particles raised
by sandstorms are extremely
unhealthy to breathe in without
Drink a lot of water and
Do not panic. The dust will
settle down and the cleaning
process can start after that.
Just stay safe!
Did you know?
Dust clouds can reach more
than 10,000 feet high
Camels can close their nos-
trils and use a thin third eyelid to
cover their eyes. This helps them
to keep the dust out of them.
Dust storms can really hurt
or even kill people. It is the third
most dangerous weather condition.
They are also called ‘ha-
boobs’ around the world, which
comes from the Arabic word ‘hab’