IT WAS a storm which swallowed a city, left four people dead and more than 50,000 without power.
Pictures that emerged from a dust storm in Iran’s largest city Tehran have also provided a rare glimpse into the lives of people living in the secretive state.
Social media was swamped with images and tweets of the massive dust clouds covering the capital, giving the city an almost apocalyptic-type feel as it plunged into darkness.
The freak weather which struck at 5.10pm (2240 AEST) last night, sent residents dashing for cover as debris swept across streets and snapped trees as the city was hit with 110 kilometre per hour winds.
Iran’s chief emergency official Amin Sabernia said the four deaths occurred from falling trees and at least 27 people were injured, 10 of them in a road accidents, when the gloom suddenly descended.