Massive sandstorm, record winds hit Tehran

A massive sandstorm and record winds on Monday plunged the Iranian capital into darkness, damaging buildings, knocking out power supplies and causing widespread disruption.

AFP| Updated: Jun 02, 2014, 23:23 PM IST

Tehran: A massive sandstorm and record winds on Monday plunged the Iranian capital into darkness, damaging buildings, knocking out power supplies and causing widespread disruption.
The freak weather which struck at 5:10 pm (0610 IST) sent residents dashing for cover as debris swept across streets and snapped trees. State media reported 120 kilometre per hour winds.

Early reports did not give details of casualties or damage, but experts on state television warned Tehranis to stay indoors.