Monsoon storm pounds Phoenix, surrounding areas; more rain coming?Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX - People all over the Valley spent Saturday cleaning up after a severe thunderstorm swept through Phoenix and surrounding cities Friday night.
Thunderstorm hitting Phx as it passes through - azfamily.com's Meteorologist Royal Norman reports there is a severe thunderstorm warning in effect as a storm passes through.
The rain started to pour in the evening at about 8 p.m. and came down pretty heavy for about an hour.
High winds in excess of 60 miles-per-hour were reported in some area.
In the Arcadia neighborhood near 58th Street and Indian School Road, the storm uprooted a huge 60-foot pine tree.
There were also reports of several lightning-sparked fires.
"There was a loud crack ... and then a bright flash and then the thunder, right away," said Dennis Conner, who was sitting in the dining room when lightning struck his Glendale home.
"I looked and saw that his roof was on fire," said Rick Bodley, Conner's neighbor.
The storm moved through Phoenix and traveled west at approximately 34 mph, cutting power to thousands of customers in its path.
While APS had all of its affected customers back up and running by Saturday evening, SRP was still working to get electricity back on to a couple of dozen homes in the Arcadia area.
Other locations named last night's thunderstorm warning were Laveen, New River, Anthem and Glendale.
The rain continued off and on throughout the night into Saturday morning.
3TV's Brittney Shipp said Saturday that Phoenix was expected to remain mostly in the clear weather-wise for the rest of the weekend, but storms were sparking up in the eastern and southeastern parts of the state.