Dust storm blows through Phoenix metropolitan area

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by 3TV

azfamily.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 5:10 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Another dust storm and thunderstorm blew through the Phoenix metropolitan area after heavy rain fell on many parts of western Arizona.

Winds from an approaching storm system around sundown Monday pushed a giant cloud of dust over most of the Phoenix area.

Powerful winds caused havoc all around the Valley. Buckeye reported peak wind gusts of 68 MPH, Maricopa reported peak winds of 62 MPH, and Sky Harbor reported peak winds at 55 MPH.

There were reports of some downed power lines and trees in Tempe, but no immediate reports of any injuries.

APS reported earlier that the storm left some 13,000 customers without power, but now power has been restored to all but 2,800 homes. SRP was also reporting 2,800 customers with outages.

Arizona's monsoon season begins in mid-June and runs through Sept. 30 and has produced massive dust storms called "haboobs" in recent years.

Much of western Arizona was under a flash flood watch Monday.

The Mohave Daily News reported that rain in the Bullhead City area closed several roads Sunday as runoff deposited mud, rocks and debris in low-lying areas.

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