Monsoon storm causes power outages in Phoenix, flight delays

PHOENIX (AP) -- A monsoon storm packing up to 60 mph winds has left thousands of homes and businesses without electricity for hours in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The storm hit around 10 a.m. Tuesday and kicked up dust, lowering visibility on many roadways.

By 10:30 a.m., the storm had dumped nearly an inch of rain in north Scottsdale while parts of Ahwatukee Foothills received just over a half inch.

It left about 7,000 Arizona Public Service customers without power at one point and caused electricity outages for more than 8,000 Salt River Project customers.

By 3 p.m., power had been restored to almost all those affected.

Officials at Sky Harbor International Airport say about 30 arriving flights were diverted to other airports because of the storm, which also caused some flight delays.

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