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Phoenix dust storm blankets city, leaves many in dark

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PHOENIX (AP) — The air around the Phoenix area is a hazy shade of brown after a massive dust storm rolled through Tuesday night.

Two Arizona residents attempt to make their way through the storm on foot. (Photo: Associated Press)

A huge dust wall crossed the metro Phoenix area and drastically reduced visibility, halting all flights coming in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport until conditions improved. Winds ripped up trees, tossed around lawn furniture and caused hazardous driving conditions.

The Arizona Republic reports the storm knocked out power to about 9,400 Salt River Project electric customers.

The white roof over Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the venue for next week's Major League Baseball All Star Game is also coated with thick, brown dust.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix says there's a slight chance of thunderstorms Wednesday evening including blowing dust.

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