Severe weather and a haboob went through the Phoenix area Monday evening, knocking out power to 100,000 homes and businesses and hindering travel.
“This was a monster storm,” Suzanne Trevino, of the utility company Arizona Public Service told KPHO-TV.
— Shannon Hernandez (@TheShanMan) July 31, 2018
Power outages multiplied quickly as reports of downed power lines became more widespread.
Strong winds were to blame, according to the Arizona Republic, with 74 mph gusts recorded at the Deer Valley Airport in northern Phoenix.
“It’s mostly trees that have hit our lines or tripped our lines or brought the lines down,” said Scott Harelson of SRP.
— Ian Schwartz (@SchwartzTV) July 31, 2018
On Arizona roads, the blowing dust triggered by the haboob forced authorities to warn drivers to be extra cautious.
POWERFUL WINDS: Viewer Allen Oshana took this video of the dust storm, near I-17 and Pinnacle Peak pic.twitter.com/qTWwTzymLU
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) July 31, 2018
A haboob is a type of intense dust storm carried on a weather front. Wikipedia
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