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:
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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