Arizona dust storm: Man injured, homes damaged in big storm

FLORENCE, AZ - A huge dust storm that rolled through the Valley on Friday injured at least one man and caused severe damage before it even hit the Phoenix metro area.

A 22-year-old man was trapped from the waist down when a fence fell on him at the Las Colinas Golf Course in Queen Creek around 1:15 p.m.

Passersby lodged tires under the ends of the 60-foot section of fence but it wasn't enough to raise it off the man.

Fire crews from three nearby departments responded and used hydraulic jacks and giant air bags to lift the fence off the victim and pull him out.

The man was flown to a Scottsdale hospital in serious condition.

Queen Creek fire Capt. Ted Ford said the victim's injuries were not life threatening.

A meteorologist in the area told ABC15 the winds were as strong as 65 mph this afternoon.

In Florence, ABC15's Eric English found a woman who had part of the roof blown off her home. It was just one of several.

"Looks like a tornado came through here. Honest to God, I've never seen anything like it before, this is the worst I've seen so far, "said neighbor Karen Mead. 

Karen's home is okay, but some of her neighbors aren't as lucky. The wind twisted steel and sent it flying across their yards.

Roofs are now gone-- leaving exposed insulation behind and a long clean up ahead.

"Oh my. Really did a job on it. Really did a job," Mead said.

There were also a lot of trees, branches and limbs on the ground, especially in San Tan Valley.

Meanwhile, some in the Valley enjoyed this afternoon's weather.

In Gilbert, two girls were caught on camera skateboarding in the rain.

Nicky Martinez even got out of her car to take pictures and enjoy the cooler temperature. The only part she didn't enjoy was the dust in her mouth, she said.

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