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.

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

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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