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    Apocalyptic Sandstorm Hits Cairo, Painting Sky Orange (PHOTOS)

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    The phenomenon prompted the closure of ports in Alexandria and Suez, while some flights at Cairo Airport were reportedly delayed.

    A heavy sandstorm hit the Egyptian capital this week, colouring the city orange and bringing fierce winds of almost 50 kilometres per hour (around 30 mph). The extremely bad weather obscured the Cairo skyline, and citizens had to cover their faces to protect their eyes from the storm.

    ​Numerous photos taken by locals have been shared on social media showing Cairo engulfed in the sandstorm, under a terrifying orange sky.

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