PHOENIX -- As the first dust storm of Monsoon 2014 hit the Valley, 3TV reporter Jaime Cerreta ended up reporting from one of the hardest hit areas.
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Dust storm hits Phoenix, flights grounded
PHOENIX (AP) -- A blinding dust storm swept through central Arizona and prompted the grounding of flights at Phoenix's main airport.
Sky Harbor International Airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez says the suspension of all inbound and outbound flights took effect between 8 p.m. and 8:30 PDT Thursday.
She says that all operations had resumed by 8:45 p.m. During the suspension, 24 inbound flights were diverted to other airports.
Meteorologist Charlotte Dewey of the National Weather Service said that the storm swept into the Phoenix area about 7:30 p.m. and was expected to linger for three to four hours.
A dust storm warning for the Phoenix area is in effect until 9 p.m.
Dewey reminds drivers that roads can be especially hazardous during dust storms.
The Weather Service is predicting a 30 to 35 percent chance of rain for Friday.
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PHOENIX -- The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a Dust Storm Warning until 9 p.m. Thursday evening.
A Blowing dust advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m.
Affected area include central and southwest Maricopa County, including the southern and western portions of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
PHOENIX -- The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a Dust Storm Warning until 8 p.m. Thursday evening.
A Blowing dust advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday evening.
Affected areas include southwest Maricopa County and northern Pinal County, including the cities of Gila Bend and Casa Grande, along with Interstate 8 and Interstate 10.
Blowing dust will impact the area through 8 p.m.
Winds are gusting up to 45 mph.
Visibility is falling below one quarter mile.
Dense blowing dust will make driving hazardous with severely limited visibility.
641p: Very strong winds associated w/ Thunderstorm near Florence. Winds up to 50mph expected, 1/4 mi vis. #azwx— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) July 4, 2014
PHOENIX -- The monsoon is beginning in Arizona and that means storm chances are on the rise.
Thursday afternoon, Doppler radar showed storms across the Mogollon Rim, White Mountains and into southeastern Arizona. There’s a potential for outflow boundaries from these storms to produce blowing dust in the Valley Thursday evening. Isolated thunderstorms for the Valley are also a possibility through the nighttime hours.
The National Weather Service in Tucson issued a Blowing Dust Advisory until 8 p.m. Thursday for portions of Pinal, Pima and Santa Cruz counties, including the notorious I-10 corridor between Picacho Peak and Tucson.
Storm chances in the Valley peak on the Fourth of July as moisture and instability increase. Those storms could produce gusty winds, lightning, rain and kick up dust.
Storm chances continue across most of Arizona, including the Valley, through the weekend.
As moisture in the atmosphere increases, overnight lows will rise and daytime highs will drop. Look for morning lows in the upper 80s across the Valley, with daytime highs around 105.