Dust-storm advisory issued for Phoenix area with low visibility, chance of rain

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The National Weather Service issued a dust storm advisory for the Phoenix area on Saturday

The advisory is effective until 8 p.m., as a wall of dust was moving into the region from the south. The advisory warned that blowing dust could seriously impede visibility on Interstate 10, Interstate 17 and the US 60 throughout Ahwatukee, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Apache Junction, Maricopa, Queen Creek and Laveen.



a group of palm trees with a sunset in the background: Palm trees blow in the wind as a dust storm moves over Mesa on May 30, 2020.


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Palm trees blow in the wind as a dust storm moves over Mesa on May 30, 2020.

The wall of dust could be seen moving into large swaths of the East Valley just before 7 p.m. on Saturday. NWS urged drivers to avoid traveling in a dust storm. 

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The southeast region of Maricopa County — particularly Chandler and Gilbert — were also expected to see heavy rainfall accompanied by high winds and lightning. 

Reach public safety reporter Bree Burkitt at bburkitt@republicmedia.com or at 602-444-8515. Follow her on Twitter at @breeburkitt.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Dust-storm advisory issued for Phoenix area with low visibility, chance of rain

2020-05-30 23:10:00

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