Dust storm blankets Phoenix area

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For the second time since Saturday, a dust storm muscled its way into the Valley, just in time for the afternoon commute. 

The storm quickly developed and blanketed parts of Phoenix, mainly the western portions, like Laveen, Tolleson, Avondale and Luke Air Force Base.

Forecasters advised residents to expect 20 to 30 mph winds with gusts to 45 mph.

Visibility was expected to be down to less than one-fourth of a mile in blowing dust.

Elsewhere, a severe thunderstorm warning that was in effect for south central Pinal County until 5 p.m. was allowed to expire. National Weather Service Doppler radar had indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph near Oracle Junction.

An urban and small stream flood advisory for south central Coconino County and east central Yavapai County, including Sedona, remains in effect until 7 p.m.

Arizona's monsoon season began June 15 and runs through Sept. 30.

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