Storm drops tree on car, driver hospitalized, road shut down

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Driver critical after tree falls on car

PHOENIX -- A driver was hospitalized after a tree fell on his car while he was driving during Thursday night's big storm.

The tree fell across Camelback road near 44th street. Emergency crews say several trees along the roadway are leaning.

One damaged tree is so tall if it falls it will take down power lines on the other side of the roadway. The roadway was closed as a precaution until crews could determine that the trees were stable.

Sky Harbor Airport was also affected by the storm and grounded all flights around 7:30pm Thursday night.

Around 8 p.m., it began allowing departing flights to leave the airport, then allowed arrivals to touch down around 8:15 p.m.

The grounding of all flights was prompted by severe weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service.

The severe storms brought wind gusts in excess of 50 mph in some areas of Phoenix.

More than an inch of rain was recorded in Chandler.

Several Valley homeowners, including 3TV's Mike Watkiss, are left with damage to their homes and property because of the high winds and heavy rain.