'Hurricane Mode': Wild Weather Sweeps Across Phoenix Area

The National Weather Service was warning of severe storms in the Phoenix area on Sunday, September 11, with a local in Mesa posting video showing what he called the “hurricane mode” of the powerful wind.

Joshua Hammond said he was “sitting comfortably on the back porch” before the storm had other ideas. His video shows the wild wind and driving rain.

“Someone switched on hurricane mode,” Joshua added.

The weather service said gusts of up to 70 mph could be expected on the night. Credit: Joshua Hammond via Storyful

Video transcript

- Well, this is where I was sitting. And this thing just kicked into hurricane mode.

Well, this is where I was sitting. And this thing kicked into hurricane mode.