#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: The National Weather Service (NWS) Phoenix office said that the city beat the previous record-high temperature of 113 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, topping out at 115 degrees: But hours later, thunderstorms developed that triggered dust storms across parts of the area: “Winds are creating areas of blowing dust elsewhere in the Phoenix area,” forecasters said: By 6 p.m., the NWS issued a dust advisory for “a wall of dust” moving south across parts of the area, before issuing a dust storm warning for Maricopa and Pinal Counties:
Dust storms in Arizona impact Phoenix area, briefly close Interstate 10
Phoenix hit a record-high temperature of 115 degrees on Sunday
Travis Fedschun: 37 mins ago: FoxNews.Com/
The forecast office said that visibility fell to zero miles at Sky Harbor International Airport……..“Not everyday we can watch two dusty outflows collide south of downtown Phoenix from our office cam,” the NWS tweeted…………………Drivers throughout the area were forced to pull over to stay safe from roads with low visibility:
A dust storm can be seen on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, Arizona.
Dust storms were reported in areas such as Casa Grande, Chandler, and Picacho Peak, FOX10 reported ………….A semi-truck on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak was blown over by its side during the storm, resulting in the roadway being closed for a short period, the Arizona Republic reported.
Motorists drive through the dust along Interstate 17 in Phoenix on Aug. 16, 2020.(Arizona DOT)
Dust advisories for several counties remained in effect on Sunday night, according to the NWS: The NWS said that dust storms and haboobs can occur anywhere in the U.S. but are most common in the Southwest. They are a result of thunderstorm winds: In the Southwest, these types of storms are “relatively common” during the North American Monsoon Season, which is an increased period of thunderstorms and rainfall from July through September.
Dust storms present the biggest threat to motorists, as the advancing wall of dust and debris may be miles long and several thousand feet high: Since dust storms strike with little warning, they can make driving conditions especially hazardous: “Blinding, choking dust can quickly reduce visibility, causing accidents that may involve chain collisions, creating massive pileups,” according to the NWS. “Dust storms usually last only a few minutes, but the actions a motorist takes during the storm may be the most important of his or her life.”The record heat across the West over the weekend, including in Death Valley, which recorded 130 degrees on Sunday, is expected to carry into this week with little to no relief in sight.
Forecast high temperatures for Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Fox News)
Phoenix will reach near record-breaking highs on Monday again as temperatures again approach 115 degrees:
Fox News’ Adam Klotz contributed to this report.
#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.17: 2020:
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