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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 7:50 am | Updated: 9:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

About 500 passengers spent the night at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as storm damage to runways and power outages halted travel.

Terminals, runways and aircraft were damaged, spokesperson Deborah Ostricher said. Thursday night's storm brought lightning, rain and hurricane-force winds around the Valley, Doug Green of the National Weather Service in Phoenix told the Tribune.

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“ Here at Sky Harbor, it was hurricane force ... had a peak of 75 mph winds, but there is still a lot of precipitation coming,” Green said Thursday night.

Ostricher said airport officials offered extra assistance to passengers.

“We did have people in the terminals overnight due to the delays, and we made them as comfortable as possible. We had food services open, provided them with water and blankets as needed and had extra staff on to support their needs,” she said.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, all runways were back in operation and the airport was off the generators, said spokeswoman Deborah Ostricher.

“The runways overnight were closed as a result of the storm. There was debris on the runway as well as runway lights being out,” she said.

The airport's backup power source was needed overnight and into the morning.

As of 7 a.m. , there were no major delays, but Ostricher suggested passengers or people picking up travelers call the airlines.

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