Intense storms sweep Phoenix area

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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.

Intense storms sweep Phoenix area
The dust storm that swallowed up Phoenix last night was pretty wild http://t.co/vOQ0sUaSyx http://t.co/txYgFp3kAY
Amazing picture of the current dust storm enveloping Phoenix today. http://t.co/BNlCpsYy3W
Wow! Here's a pic from Mason Sumner who is in #Phoenix! More on the dust storm here: http://t.co/p1SxGsld77 http://t.co/E7p72ke7S0
Arizonans sweeping up after Friday's large dust storm - http://t.co/c7eL9yJGWf http://t.co/C0QP7FmsE9
Phoenix is currently suffering a Haboob, a huge dust storm. I think I prefer English weather! http://t.co/Xw6eIe000l http://t.co/A9gLoYxivr
455PM Dust storm heading to Phoenix. @MikeOlbinski reports zero vis. @NWSPhoenix Dust Storm Warning til 7PM. #azwx http://t.co/msvJuxdKZL
#Storm a few more from north Phoenix dust, wind, lightning storm http://t.co/KjjGpEwmr8
Dust storm moving into Phoenix @abc15 #Haboob #DustStorm http://t.co/7DxOYKb3nz
Massive Dust Storm Devours Phoenix Area http://t.co/YnbhlPLmKw http://t.co/HdV43pUPpk
Hey Phoenix...I'm sure you just heard that the dust storm cometh. http://t.co/fKXRKeRK4m
Decent chance for a dust or T-storm tonight around metro Phoenix. Monsoon back for the weekend http://t.co/ELNdSnNrwx
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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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