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Unseasonably early dust storm hits Phoenix area

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It's not summertime yet, but a dust storm moved through the Phoenix metropolitan area.
 
Arizona is no stranger to large dust storms or haboobs during the summer monsoon period, but meteorologists say Tuesday's storm is unseasonably early.
 
The National Weather Service says a large cloud of dust was first spotted near Eloy about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
 
Meteorologists say a dry storm with winds of up to 35 mph kicked up the dust in southern Arizona and the cloud moved north to the Phoenix area.
 
A dust storm warning was first issued for the Interstate 10 corridor between Tucson and Casa Grande, just south of Phoenix.
 
State Department of Public Safety officials say blowing dust along I-10 north of Picacho Peak resulted in three non-injury crashes.

ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety recommend the following driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm:

  • Avoid driving into or through a dust storm. 
  • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway - do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.
  • A driver's alertness and safe driving ability is still the No. 1 factor in preventing crashes.

For more alerts: myfoxphoenix.com/weatheralerts#WNWxAlert2-53-174

Dust storm driving tips: PullAsideStayAlive.org

YouTube: Impressive video from the dust storm headed into Phoenix area

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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