Massive Arizona Dust Storm, Power Outage

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(SOURCE)   More than 11,000 utility customers in the Valley were without power Friday evening following a massive dust storm.

A Salt River Project outage map shows that at least 11,000 customers are without power, the bulk of which are in the southeast Valley and Apache Junction area.

As utility workers scrambled to repair damage to utility poles, lines and transformers, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was in the middle of a temporary “ground stop” on inbound air traffic.

The temporary order issued at 6 p.m. meant that no new flights would be routed in from other airports until the ground stop was cleared.

The “ground stop” affects departure times for flights heading to Phoenix, and because of connections here, outbound flights can be delayed as well. It was still in place as of 7:30 p.m.

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