Maricopa is under a severe thunderstorm warning and a blowing-dust advisory tonight.

The thunderstorm warning is in effect until 7:30 p.m. The dust warning is in effect until 8 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, a severe thunderstorm was located 11 miles southeast of Gila Bend moving northwest at 20 mph.
The storm has wind gusts of 70 mph and ping-pong ball-sized hail. Those in the path of the storm can expect property damage and tree damage and even injury if outside.

The blowing-dust has been in effect since 3 p.m. Winds of 40-50 mph are expected in areas across Pinal and Maricopa counties. The dust is causing reduced visibiilty and hazardous driving conditions.

Drivers are advised to stay below posted speed limits and slow down according to conditions. If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

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