Spring storm brought rain and dust to Phoenix area

Parts of the Phoenix area experienced rain and dust following a spring storm that rolled through Arizona on March 28.

Earlier in the day, National Weather Service officials issued a blowing dust advisory for the Phoenix area, as well as southern Maricopa and northern Pinal counties, with officials saying strong gusts of wind caused by the storm could produce blowing dust, and possibly reduce visibility to a mile at times in some areas. The alert expired at 8:00 p.m.

ADOT officials reported high winds and blowing dust on Interstate 10 near the Broadway curve area.

NWS officials said the storm brought 0.02 inches of rain to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Rain showers stopped in the Phoenix area around 7:00 p.m., but increased in other parts of the state.

Dust blown over parts of Phoenix (Courtesy NWS Phoenix)

Blow dust on parts of Phoenix (Courtesy of NWS Phoenix)

Road conditions

  • Call 511 anywhere in Arizona or 1-888-411-ROAD (7623)
  • az511.com

Rain/Flood Safety Tips

American Red Cross tips for heavy rain situations and flood safety:

  • Turn around don’t drown! If you must drive and encounter flooded roadway, turn around and take an alternate route.
  • If you are caught on a flooded road and the waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Tune into your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates.
  • If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly.
  • Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until authorities say it is safe.
  • If power lines are down, do not walk in puddles or standing water.
  • If the power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use naked flames as alternative lighting.

Prepare for a severe thunderstorm

American Red Cross tips for preparing for a severe thunderstorm:

  • Prepare an emergency kit.
  • Know your community‘s evacuation plan.
  • Create a household emergency plan and put it into practice.
  • Buy a battery-operated or wind-up radio
  • Discuss storm safety with members of your household. Be aware that a thunderstorm could produce flooding.
  • Choose a safe place in your home for family members to gather during a thunderstorm. It should be an area where there are no windows, skylights or glass doors, which could be broken by high winds or hail and cause damage or injury.

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