Monsoon storm topples some power lines in Apache Junction; Delay flights at Phoenix airport

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APACHE JUNCTION, Arizona — Strong winds from a monsoon storm have topped some power lines in Apache Junction, leaving thousands of residents temporarily without electricity.

Friday afternoon's storm also brought blowing dust and some brief heavy rain in the Phoenix area, causing up to 45-minute flight delays at Sky Harbor International Airport.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix reported winds at up to 50 mph moved through the Apache Junction area east of Phoenix around 2 p.m. Friday.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say the downed power lines are on State Route 88 at Tepee Street near Tomahawk Road.

The Salt River Project's outage map showed nearly 7,500 residences and businesses without power following the storm. That number was quickly cut to about 3,000 as crews worked to repair damaged power poles.

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