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Severe thunderstorms in Phoenix-metro area
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UPDATE: Tuesday morning

PHOENIX: Residents all over the Valley, particularly the East Valley, are cleaning up ater a summer storm rolled through the state, and bracing for more to come.

According to azfamily.com's April Warnecke, the chance of storms will remain in the forecast all week, but the best chance of seeing more action will come Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monday's storm came in two waves, bringing high winds and quite a bit of rain. 3TV Chief Meteorologist Royal Norman said Sky Harbor International Airport got just under an inch of rain in about an hour during the second wave of the weather front.

All of that rain left its mark in the form of street flooding.

Indian Bend Road was closed in the area of 78th Place until further notice. Osborn Road was also closed between Hayden and Miller roads.

While power was knocked out to thousands during the storm, electricty had been restored to most of them by Tuesday morning. APS reported about 50 to 60 customers Valleywide were still without power.

Weather might have been a factor in an early morning wreck involving a jack-knifed semi. The truck driver reportedly tried to make a quick stop on the rain-slicked streets in the area of Dysart Road and Grand Avenue.

The fire department said the trailer of the truck swung around and jack-knifed. The fuel tank was punctured and leaked a small amount of diesel fuel. The area was closed for several hours for the cleanup and investigation.

The driver was not hurt in the wreck, and the road has since re-opened.

The winds were so strong that in addition to flipping planes at Chandler Airport, they apparently tore down a light tower at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Video from NewsChopper 3 showed the shattered lights on the field. It looks like the winds pushed the tower until it sheared off at the base.

Children at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School are also getting a lesson on the damage Mother Nature can do. They will be having classes in different classrooms for the next few days because of some rain damage.

NewsChopper 3 flew over the school at Central and Southern avenues Tuesday morning. Crews were sweeping water off the roof. There apparently were some tarps on the roof because of a construction project.

The storm's high winds ripped off those tarps, letting the rain in. The kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms were damaged. Classes, however, will continue as scheduled.

1 dead in La Paz County flooding

BOUSE -- Sheriff's officials in La Paz County say one person is dead but five others were rescued after their vehicles were caught in swollen wash.

Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Gilbert says the body of a 77-year-old woman from Salome was recovered just after dawn Tuesday.

The victim was with four other women driving on State Route 72 about 20 miles southeast of Parker late Monday when their small sedan was swamped in the raging wash. The driver of a recreational vehicle also was caught in the flood.

Gilbert says the water was 40 to 50 yards across and as much as six feet deep. Sheriff's deputies, firefighters and a FedEx driver rescued the RV driver and two women who were on top of the car.

Three others had been swept away, and two were found through the night alive.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Monday evening

PHOENIX - Another monsoon storm descended upon the Valley, particularly on the east side of the city.

The storm actually came in two parts, with the first round hitting the Valley in the early evening hours during the commute. The second round waited until about 8:30 p.m. to hit.

That second round dropped copious amounts of rain across the Phoenix area, including nearly an inch at Sky Harbor International Airport in just a one-hour time period. Sky Harbor temporarily experienced delays up to 15 minutes for all departing flights earlier in the evening due to high winds and rain.

Salt River Project reported about 3,500 customers went out of power in the southeast Valley, which includes the Gilbert area. SRP also reported a power outage in the southwest Valley near the Buckeye area.

Winds in Apache Junction and at the Williams Gateway Airport are registering at 50 miles per hour, according to unofficial reports. The Chandler Municipal Airport is seeing wind gusts of up to 74 mph, strong enough to flip nine planes over, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

A dust storm also hit portions of the Valley, blowing huge plumes of dirt into the air around Queen Creek and the southern east valley. NewsChopper 3 caught the dust storm as it entered into the Valley area, looking more like a moving mountain than a dust cloud.

Many areas experienced urban flooding of streets. Some Phoenix-area homes in heavily inundated neighborhoods also flooded.