Gusty winds blow into the Valley Tuesday night

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by 3TV

Video reports by Jared Dillingham and Royal Norman

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 1:53 PM

PHOENIX -- The monsoon made a move on the Valley Tuesday night, as dust and strong winds swept into the area.

In South Scottsdale as well as in Queen Creek, peak wind gusts reached  34 mph. In West Phoenix, peak winds reached 28 mph.

The storm blew in from the southeast and hit hard with a large dust cloud. The dust led to reduced visibility on the freeways, but no major damage was reported.

Folks who watched the storm all echoed similar wishes: that the winds would bring some relief from our recent intense heat. "I'm hoping for 85, but that's not going to happen. I'd love some rain," said one woman.

"I'd love for it to get down to at least 99," said another woman. "Then it's a little more tolerable to be outside. You don't feel like you're dying and as soon as you go outside you have to take a shower."

The dust started rolling in around 6:15. The storm originated in the Tucson area, which saw some heavy rain earlier. Many locations reported more than an inch of rain in less than an hour.

Some showers developed east of the Valley, which could mean early morning showers here in town.

 
 

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