Strong thunderstorms generated winds of over 40 mph and dust in the Phoenix area on Wednesday afternoon.
The southwest valley was under a dust advisory until 5:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix, which received reports of a “brief drop in visibility to 1 mile in dust blown off the southwest side of Phoenix. ”
The dust that caused the advisory cleared, so the advisory expired at 5:15 p.m., according to the weather service.
However, dust can still be created in other areas near downpours, which can make people difficult to travel, the weather service said.
Roads are also affected, which includes Interstate 10 between mile markers 103 and 187, Interstate 17 between mile markers 195 and 223 and Route 51 between mile markers 1 and 7, according to the Weather Service. .
Some areas experienced light rain and Lake Pleasant saw a heavy downpour around 4 p.m., according to the weather service.
The high temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport hit 81 degrees before the showers arrived and caused the temperature to drop by about 10 degrees, according to the Weather Service.
Phoenix is expected to have its first day of 100 degrees by Saturday.
When facing a thunderstorm, tie up light items, get inside, or put your vehicle aside, according to the National Weather Service.
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