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Gusty outflows from southern AZ storms stir up dust

Wall of dust blankets parts of Phoenix area (Source: CBS 5 News) Wall of dust blankets parts of Phoenix area (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Some residents in Maricopa and northwest and north central Pinal counties were on alert for blowing dust Thursday afternoon, CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn said.

An advisory was issued for several hours and then allowed to expire as the threat diminished. 

At about 5 p.m., an area of blowing dust was rolling through the area of 51st Avenue and Dobbins. 

Residents were told to expect south to southwest winds of between 20 and 35 mph and visibilities as low as a half mile in some locations. 

Some of the affected roadways included Interstate 10.

The wall of dust was produced by "gusty outflows from earlier storms in the south," Dunn said.

Dunn said widespread storms are likely to return again on Friday afternoon. There's a slight chance a few of those storms could hit in the Phoenix area, too.

"The storm coverage area over the next few days looks like this:  The farther east you are, the better your chances of getting wet," Dunn said.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

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