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Dust storm brings stunning visuals to Phoenix, some rain


A dust storm rolled through the Phoenix area on Sunday dropping heavy rain in isolated locations but also bringing quite the visual show as it moved from south to north.

Severe thunderstorms hit hardest near the Loop 202 and Loop 101 interchange. The Maricopa County flood district website said that 0.59 inches fell there, while South Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe also received wet weather.

The dust cloud that caused visibility issues covered more ground as it moved from Pinal County into Chandler and all the way to Camelback Mountain before nightfall.

Just as the warning was issued, the storm was approaching Chandler as a user on Twitter posted a picture of the cloud from Price Road and the 101.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Maricopa County through 6:26 p.m. Sunday in addition to a dust storm warning as the cloud of dust hit the southeast Valley.

The dust storm warning went into effect just after 5 p.m. Sunday and remained until 7 p.m. The severe thunderstorm warning was issued at 5:41 p.m.

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