Severe dust storm causes mayhem in Phoenix, USA

Dust Storm Alert

A rare morning dust storm tore through Phoenix Tuesday, cutting power, uprooting trees, dumping rain and leaving behind street flooding. 
A dust storm warning was in effect until 11 a.m. for the Greater Phoenix area and northwest Pinal County.
In addition, the National Weather Service issued an airport weather warning until 12 p.m. At around 10:15 a.m., the FAA was reporting delays at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were running from 16 minutes to half-an-hour. 
Sky Harbor was reporting winds gusting up to 52 mph around mid-morning.
At around 11:30 a.m., after the storm blew through, Julie Rodriguez, Sky Harbor’s acting deputy aviation direction, updated activity:
“Operations are returning to normal at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, but residual delays from today’s storm remain. Sky Harbor recommends that passengers and those picking up passengers at the airport check flight status with the airline before coming to the airport. At the height of today’s storm, approximately 30 inbound flights were diverted to other airports to wait out the weather. Those flights are now either on their way to Phoenix or have already arrived here.”
Salt River Project reported as many as 5,000 of its customers were without power at the height of the storm.
Arizona Public Service said the violent winds knocked out power to 7,000 of its customers in Phoenix, Tempe and Sun City.
As the storm rolled through Casa Grande, it kicked up dust and reduced visibilities, Casa Grande police tweeted.
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