Dust Storm Hits Phoenix

PHOENIX (July 4, 2014) A blinding dust storm swept through central Arizona Thursday night and grounded flights at Phoenix's main airport.

Sky Harbor International Airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez says the suspension of all inbound and outbound flights took effect between 8 p.m. and 8:30 PDT Thursday.

She says that all operations had resumed by 8:45 p.m.

During the suspension, 24 inbound flights were diverted to other airports.

Meteorologist Charlotte Dewey of the National Weather Service said the storm swept into the Phoenix area at around 7:30 p.m. and was expected to linger for three to four hours.

A dust storm warning for the Phoenix area was in effect until 9 p.m.

Dewey reminds drivers that roads can be especially hazardous during dust storms.

The Weather Service predicted a 30 to 35 percent chance of rain for Friday.

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