Arizona

Mar 25, 2014 7:33 PM by Associated Press

Unseasonably early haboob blows through Pinal County

PHOENIX - It's not summertime yet, but a dust storm is moving through the Phoenix metro area and Pinal County.

Arizona is no stranger to large dust storms or haboobs during the summer monsoon period, but meteorologists say Tuesday's storm is unseasonably early.

Here's video posted on YouTube of GoPro-drone video of the dust storm:


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.

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