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Dust storm and severe weather hit Tucson Saturday evening

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TUCSON - Southern Arizona saw its real first taste of monsoon Saturday evening as a severe thunderstorm developed over Benson and tracked towards Marana.

The biggest impact with this storm was the wind. Wind gusts exceeded 60 mph at times which allowed the dust to be kicked up in the air ahead of the storm.

Three trees were toppled at the Mission Palms apartment complex on Orange Grove.

Over 6,000 Tucson Electric Power customers were without electricity and air conditioning for much of Saturday evening.

Power outages in Sierra Vista hit the city's newspaper. The Sierra Vista Herald Review said the loss of power would disrupt production of Sunday's edition.

Heavy rain and lightning were the next to follow.

There was so much rain on the Catalina Mountains it prompted a Flash Flood Warning on the eastern faces.

Record heat is expected Sunday and if the humidity is high enough we could see more thunderstorms develop.

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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