Storms hit Phoenix area Monday evening


by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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Posted on July 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 4:37 PM

PHOENIX -- Storms moved through the Phoenix area Monday evening causing some severe property damage and street flooding.

There were several storm-related vehicle crashes including one near Payson that injured an officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Many rain gauges received more than one inch of rain.

Rainfall rates of more than 3 inches per hour were reported during the height of the storms.

The weather brought blowing dust and heavy rain to some parts of the Valley.

The National Weather service did issue multiple warnings for severe thunderstorms in Maricopa County.

There were some reports of vehicles getting stuck in deep water. Emergency crews had to rescue a driver from a vehicle that got stuck in a flooded road at 12th Street and Hatcher Road in Phoenix.

A microburst from the storm caused some extensive damage around 48th Street and Indian School Road. Video from Chopper 3 showed large trees and traffic lights knocked over along with some street flooding.

There were 3,600 customers without electricity Monday evening, according to a spokesman for Arizona Public Service. The power outage started at 6:38 p.m. and was in north-central Phoenix between Cactus Road, down to the Arizona Canal (Dunlap Ave. area) and 19th Avenue to Central Avenue.

A DPS officer was injured in a single vehicle crash while responding to a medical emergency. It happened on State Route 87, five miles south of Payson. The crash was weather related, according to Officer Carrick Cook with DPS. The officer was flown to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital.

There was also a crash involving multiple vehicles on the southbound State Route 51 at Northern Avenue.

It was the second straight day that heavy thunderstorms hit the Valley.

While Sunday night's storms were all about high winds, the heavy rain was the big story with the Monday night system.

Also, we saw huge temperature drops with the rain from around 100 degrees to the upper 70s in less than 30 minutes where it was raining.

The chance for monsoon storms will stay in the forecast through Tuesday night. By then, it appears some drier air will be making its way into the state and that should reduce the number of thunderstorms.

Also, temperatures will be on the increase and be slightly above average for this time of year.