Wall of dust, powerful monsoon storms slam Phoenix area

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via CBS News:

PHOENIX — A wall of dust enveloped the Phoenix metro area, turning daylight into darkness for more than an hour Monday, as a monsoon storm packing thunder and lightning, high winds and sheets of rain grounded flights and damaged property. CBS News affiliate 3TV/CBS 5 (AZFamily.com) said officials at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport cancelled about 12 flights and delayed dozens more as the storm blew in.

Salt River Project reported an estimated 30,000 of its customers were without electricity in Apache Junction and Mesa due to the storm, the second monsoon in two days to hit the Phoenix area.

The CBS News affiliate in Phoenix said there was significant property damage reported at a mobile home park in Mesa.

“Others have lost parts of their mobile, some of them have lost parts of the home so I’m just thankful it wasn’t any worse than it was,” Audrey Burklund, an elderly resident at the Cielo Grande mobile home park, told Arizona Family. “I was concerned. I wasn’t scared. At 90 years old, you don’t get scared anymore, you’re ready to go.”

It was unclear when electricity would be restored because of broken power poles, according to SRP spokesman Jeff Lane.

Chief meteorologist for 3TV, Royal Norman, said the storm could wind up being one of the biggest of the season.


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