Trees down in Buckeye, dust storm hits Gilbert, Queen Creek

The force of the monsoon toppled trees onto homes and streets in a Buckeye neighborhood on Wednesday, leaving neighbors scrambling to clean up.
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 4:00 PM MST
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BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Strong winds and heavy rain in parts of the West Valley and the East Valley got blowing dust as it turned into a First Alert Weather Day on Wednesday. Homeowners in Buckeye saw trees knocked down as the storms hit their neighborhood hard in the late afternoon. Some streets were completely blocked. Neighborhoods in Surprise saw rain after seeing some dust roll in just before 4 p.m. An area just west of Litchfield Park received half an inch of rain in just 30 minutes. Just after 6 p.m., a dust storm moved in from the south and hit Queen Creek and the Gilbert areas.

A severe weather storm warning was issued from the Cave Creek and Camp Creek area until 4:45 p.m. Luke Air Force Base has already seen wind gusts of 32 mph, and they could reach more than 40 mph.

Various viewers saw the rain come down in the West Valley on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning that ended at 4:15 p.m., which covered Litchfield Park, Buckeye and Avondale. Parts of Surprise also saw rain after seeing some dust. The weather service said a storm system from the north created a large outflow that pushed dust into parts of the West Valley.

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