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Dust storm envelops greater Phoenix area

Associated Press Modified: July 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm •  Published: July 21, 2012
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PHOENIX (AP) — A dust storm has enveloped the greater Phoenix area in a cloud of yellow-gray blowing dust.

National Weather Service meteorologist Charlotte Dewey said the storm was moving northwest Saturday and was first spotted between Eloy and Tucson.

Dewey says it so far has covered cities in the metropolitan Phoenix area such as Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Apache Junction, Santan Valley, Chandler, Casa Grande and downtown Phoenix.

The service didn't have official estimates of its size, but Dewey says spotters estimated it was around 2,000 feet tall. She says there were also reports of 35 mph wind gusts in the area, and a report of a 50 mph gust at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

The weather service has issued a dust storm warning for the area until 6 p.m.