Dust storm slams Phoenix

PHOENIX, Arizona (KPNX) – About 25,000 utility customers lost electricity in the Valley on Thursday night after a dust storm closely followed by rain felled power lines and trees and caused minor street flooding in some areas.

Central Phoenix, the west Valley and outskirts experienced varying degrees of rain activity Thursday evening.

An Arizona Public Service spokesman confirmed that 11,000 of their customers were without power as of 9:30 p.m. The Salt River Project tweeted around the same time that around 14,200 of their customers were without power.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport had instituted a ground stop for a time in response to the wall of dust that rolled through the Valley in the early evening.

 

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