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Severe storms just skirt Phoenix area

PHOENIX — Phoenix just barely missed out on heavy rain, high winds, and possibly blowing dust Monday.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix canceled a severe thunderstorm warning
originally issued for parts of south Phoenix plus Ahwatukee, Sun Lakes and

Meteorologists say the storm weakened and was no longer indicating chances of
severe weather.

However, at 5:30 p.m., a microburst with winds topping 70 miles per hour did move into the Ahwatukee area.

Those same storms left about 2,000 Salt River Project customers
without electricity near Apache Junction and Gold Canyon.

Crews are working to restore power.

Strong thunderstorms were spotted earlier Monday in San Tan Valley, southeast
of Queen Creek.

The National Weather Service has also issued a blowing dust advisory until 8 p.m.

More moisture than usual in the Valley air over the next couple of days could mean the return of monsoon activity.

Despite early-morning cloud covering, meteorologist Valerie Myers said the chance of rain Tuesday afternoon is 50 percent.

Some areas of the southeast Valley had some rain Sunday night.

KTAR’s Cooper Rummell contributed to this report.