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Dust storm grounds some flights at Mesa airport

MESA, Ariz. -- A dust storm temporarily grounded some flights out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and knocked out electricity to about 2,000 customers in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek areas.

The rolling wall of dust appeared to start early Thursday afternoon in southern Pinal County and moved northwest through Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert.

Officials at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport halted some flights until wind gusts of up to 60 mph subsided.

It isn't immediately clear how many flights were affected.

Airport officials say flight operations were back to normal by 2 p.m. Thursday.

Salt River Project officials say about 2,000 of their customers in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek area went without electricity due to the storms and crews are working to restore power.

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