At approximately 5 in the evening Thursday night, the City of Yuma and the surrounding communities were hit by a severe dust storm, complete with heavy winds, rain, lightning, and even hail.
The storm left its mark on the city, as winds in excess of fifty miles per hour knocked over power lines and semi-trailers, and even pushed mobile homes into the middle of the street.
While the inclement weather initially left more than 12,000 residents, most of them in the Yuma Foothills, without power overnight, that number has dwindled significantly to about 500.
Andrea Bereznak with Arizona Public Service says these remaining residents without power should have their electricity restored by noon on Saturday.
In the meantime, affected residents can seek shelter at Castle Dome Middle School, where beds and other amenities have been set up until the lights come back on.
The school is located at 2353 S. Otondo Dr.
The strong winds knocked more than 50 power poles to the ground, and APS wants to stress to residents to report downed power lines, but do not approach them.
Instead, call 9-1-1 or APS.
Ten crews from Arizona Public Service operations in Phoenix and across the state have made the trip to the Yuma area to help with the restoration.
More inclement weather is expected over the weekend.
Stay with News 11 as we will continue to monitor and update you on current weather conditions.