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Intense storms sweep Phoenix area

Intense Storms Sweep Phoenix Area
Residents in the Phoenix area saw intense storms over the weekend.

Starting on Friday, a massive dust storm known as a "haboob" swept the area. It reached 3,000 feet tall and knocked out power of rouhgly 12,000 utility customers.

All incoming flights were banned for two hours and several departing flights were delayed.

Visibility on the roads ranged from none to half a mile and drivers were advised to pull over and wait on the side of the road until the storm passed.

And on Saturday night, the area was hit by lightning, heavy rain, hail and strong winds that caused a lot of damage in some areas. Winds reached 69 mph - Hurricane winds start at 75.

That storm left as many as 15,000 homes without electricity. The National Weather Service confirmed a microburst caused the wreckage.

A microburst is basically the opposite of a tornado. Gusts of air sink to the ground in a small column small and then spreads outward in all directions.

Fortunately, no one was hurt during the intense storms.

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cla.connie July 27 2014 at 5:42 PM

It is called a Haboob in the middle east in the U. S. it is called a dust storm.

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Mike July 27 2014 at 5:54 PM

Is God finally going after Brewer?

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biggdogg July 27 2014 at 6:15 PM

This is not uncommon for this area. This happens every year. This has nothing to do with the BOGUS claims of man-made climate change.

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bwess8 July 27 2014 at 6:07 PM

Its hot , its dusty , its over priced , its over run , its Phoenix .

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jayjay_jones1 July 27 2014 at 6:36 PM

Probably Pot smoke from Colorado

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walkingwithwolf jayjay_jones1 July 28 2014 at 9:20 AM


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Tuhloola11 July 27 2014 at 6:07 PM

So, what else is new ?? These dust storms have become commonplace in Phoenix. It's called GLOBAL WARMING, people.,...get used to it !!

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fordy5 July 27 2014 at 6:59 PM

WOW! Extreme weather all over the country and the world in total chaos. 10, 15, 20 years ago you would never hear anything about it in the national news programs. Now it's almost every day reports of wildfires, floods and severe storms, civilians killed. But climate change isn't real, just a liberal plot. Keep thinking that, while you sit in a shelter with no house, no food and no electricity, but keep burning that fuel. And don't forget to bawl to the Federal government to bail your ass out when the crap hits the fan.The western US is just about out of water. What happens then? When the oceans soon get warm enough to start releasing all that stored, for millions of years, methane, things will go from bad to unbelievably bad overnight. You think the refugee problem we have is bad now, just stay on the path you are on. Your Senators, your guns and your money won't do you one bit of good. And I'll be laughing my ass off til the end. Goodnight, and have a pleasant tomorrow

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crowland503 July 27 2014 at 6:40 PM

The big bad Obama-wolf huffed and puffed and blew the straw border down. The big, bad Obama-wolf huffed and puffed and blew the United States Constitution apart. The big, bad Obama-wolf huffed and puffed and could not blow the United States of America!

WARNING LABEL: Beware the phony, deadbeat POTUS's false promises!

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temeculapaul July 27 2014 at 11:04 PM

Upon seeing the brown wave, Arizonians asked to see its papers.

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Raven's Nest July 27 2014 at 6:36 PM

Not, God. Just Mother Nature doing Her thing. Reminding us of how poorly we are care-takers we are of Her. Over using Her land. BTW, God IS coming. And is SHE mad!

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Happypoolprune Raven's Nest July 27 2014 at 9:03 PM

It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

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onionson Raven's Nest July 28 2014 at 6:18 AM

So which coven do you belong to?

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James onionson July 28 2014 at 10:19 AM

I'm guessing it's called Thehellwithspellingpunctuationandgrammar.

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