Dust storm moves into Valley ahead of expected evening thunderstorms
PHOENIX — A dust storm was seen Friday evening in the southeast Valley just before evening thunderstorms are expected.
A dust storm warning was issued for Phoenix, Chandler and Mesa just before 6:30 p.m.
Traffic cameras in the East Valley captured the wall of dust creating low visibility.
Dust and low-visibility in the East Valley.
Never drive into a dust storm. If you're caught in one, follow the #PullAsideStayAlive tips.
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) September 3, 2022
Drivers were encouraged to avoid heading into a dust storm and to pull off the road and wait for the dust to pass as visibility could drop to zero in seconds.
There was a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday night, with wind gusts possibly reaching as high as 30 mph.
The storm came ahead of Labor Day weekend with most of the Valley under an excessive heat warning.