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Towering Dust Storm Smothers Phoenix Area

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A massive dust storm moved through the Phoenix area Friday evening, knocking out power to more than 10,000 Salt River Power electricity customers and diverting at least one flight bound for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The National Weather Service issued a blowing dust advisory until 9 p.m. local time and warned of thunderstorm conditions with "large areas of dense blowing dust." Visibility could be reduced to less than a quarter of a mile in some areas. The NWS encouraged drivers who encounter severely reduced visibility to pull off the road as far as possible and park with vehicle lights off while keeping feet off the brake pedal.

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