ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix area hit with another round of dust storms Tuesday

Jul 10, 2018, 4:18 PM | Updated: Jul 11, 2018, 5:32 am
(Screenshot)...
(Screenshot)
(Screenshot)

PHOENIX — Just one day after a massive monsoon engulfed the Valley in wind, rain and dust for the first major storm of the season, officials in Phoenix warned residents that another major weather event would take place on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix issued a dust advisory for parts of Maricopa and Pinal counties in south central and southeastern Arizona until 5:45 p.m. A flash flood warning was also issued for parts of Maricopa and Gila counties in east- and south-central Arizona until 7:30 p.m.

Cameras captured a large wall of dust extending from Arizona Mills Mall to seven miles southeast of Estrella Mountain Park to six miles southwest of Big Horn. It was moving northwest at 25 mph.

Bianca Hernandez with the National Weather Service told KTAR News 92.3 FM that the dust was unlikely to bring the massive rain storm that residents saw on Monday, but warned that anyone driving on freeways in the area should pull aside in an attempt to stay safe.

“We’ve had pretty good activity down in southeast Arizona today and that’s starting to push toward the northwest,” she said. “As a result, there was an outflow boundary that’s now progressing toward the Phoenix area and it’s actually picking up some dust and producing a dust storm.

“It looks like the wall of dust with some rain behind it, so there is a potential for some of these storms to creep into the Phoenix area, but it’s looking like the potential is there for the blowing dust and the dusty winds,” Hernandez added.

“It doesn’t look like we’re going to see the same thing that we saw yesterday today. Just remember, if you encounter the dust, pull aside. It’s really dangerous to attempt to drive through something like this.”

The monsoon season officially kicked off June 15. Valley residents saw it in action Monday.

Many parts of the Valley had at least a half-inch of rain or more, with the area just south of downtown Phoenix receiving the highest rainfall total at 1.34 inches.

Both SRP and APS reported power outages as the storm rolled through, with more than 70,000 residents affected.

But it did not stop there: Heavy rain from a monsoon storm in southern Arizona reportedly caused a train derailment in Marana around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Northwest Fire District officials said there was no indication any hazardous material spilled from the derailment, but debris was scattered across train tracks and a frontage road.

At one point, more than 2,000 Tucson Electric Power customers were without electricity because of the storm.

Company officials said crews quickly restored power to most of the homes and businesses.

However, there was some good news: The National Weather Service said the high temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday was 98 degrees — about 9 degrees below normal.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Arizona Governor's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Tucson border patrol agent dies in line of duty; flags to fly half-staff Saturday

Flags will fly at half-staff across the state Saturday for a Tucson border patrol agent that died in the line of duty.
17 hours ago
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., runs from the Senate chamber after voting on an appropriations bill t...
Kevin Stone

In CNN interview, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema won’t tip hand on $2T domestic bill

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wouldn’t commit to supporting her party’s $2 trillion domestic agenda during a sit-down interview with CNN on Thursday, but she didn’t provide specifics on how to secure her vote.
17 hours ago
A member of the Atelotorque performance troupe. (Photo via Phoenix Zoo/Peter Speyer)...
KTAR.com

Acrobats imagine animals’ lives after dark for new Phoenix Zoo fundraiser

The Phoenix Zoo announced a new fundraising event -- Animals After Dark, An Aerial Experience -- featuring animal-themed acrobatics performed against the backdrop of the venue’s main lake.
17 hours ago
(Eegee's Rendering)...
Danny Shapiro

Eegee’s opening Mesa location, its second in the East Valley, in mid-December

Eegee's has set an opening date for its second foray into the East Valley, this time in Mesa.
17 hours ago
Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes (Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
Associated Press

Northern Arizona sheriff pleads guilty to operating boat while drunk

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes pleaded guilty on Thursday to operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to a year of probation and will spend two days in home confinement.
17 hours ago
Empty vaccine vials from various manufacturers lie in a tray at a vaccination hub in the Aachen-Ark...
KTAR.com

Arizona delta wave reaches new heights in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Arizona health officials reported 5,236 new COVID-19 cases and 14 additional deaths on Friday as the delta wave surges to new heights.
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Canvas Annuity

Annuity basics: how to retire with a guaranteed paycheck for life

Does the thought of retirement fill you with stress or with happiness? Everyone wants to spend their retirement in a way that brings them the most joy, whether that’s traveling the world or spending extra time at home with grandkids.
(Facebook Photo/NHTSA)...
Sweet James

Upcoming holiday season is peak time for DUI arrests

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most dangerous time of the year to be driving. That’s why it’s important to remember to call Sweet James Accident Attorneys if you’re injured or arrested because of a DUI accident.
...
PNC Bank

3 cool tips to turn everyday moments into learning experiences for your child

Early brain development has a crucial impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age five.
Phoenix area hit with another round of dust storms Tuesday