CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The wall of dust hit the Chandler area right around 5:45 p.m. Friday. Weather alerts began blowing up phones and sending people rushing to change their Friday night plans.
"We were going to go on a bike ride, but then when I looked out and saw this I said, 'Oh, I don't think we will,' and my dogs are outside," said Melody Nowotarski, who was at a downtown restaurant.
She says her purse began to chime with a weather alert and that abruptly ended her happy hour plans. Nowatarski rushed home to take care of her dogs that were outside.
"They're probably wanting to come in right now. They do have an air conditioned dog house that they usually stay in during the daytime," she said, "but once it gets like this, I think they're ready to come in."
Over at the Circle K just off the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Alma School Road, the gas pumps were full with commuters filling up in the midst of the storm.
"I need gas no matter what. I live near Casa Grande, so it has to be filled," said Sharon York.
Ryan Petzborn just left work and had no idea a dust storm was about to hit. He wasn't too concerned.
"Usually I hear my annoying phone go off first and then I know to get prepared, put on my dust mask and boots and jacket," he said.
At the height of the storm near Pecos Road and Interstate 10, dozens of lightning strikes lit up the gray skies followed by rolling thunder and a dramatic drop in temperatures. Several trees in the area suffered significant damage