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VIDEO: Sandstorm covers capital city

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Posted at 8:34 AM, Apr 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-16 08:34:25-04

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (CNN) - A massive sandstorm hit the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh Friday, enveloping parts of the city in a cloud of gritty dust.  It turned day into night in a matter of minutes.

CNN I-Reporter Mujahid Latif shot this video of the huge cloud of sand blowing in.

He tells CNN he's never seen a storm of this size.

Latif says the powerful storm created a total black-out when it hit and shook the car he was in like a piece of paper.

Severe weather, including heavy rain and hail in some parts of the city, followed the sandstorm.