Your photos: Sudden storm rolls through Valley

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- An unexpected storm pounded the Valley Wednesday night.

Seemingly springing up out of nowhere, intense winds and heavy rain pounded the Phoenix metro area, particularly walloping a Glendale neighborhood.

There was quite a bit of lightning, most of is reportedly cloud-to-cloud although some ground strikes were reported.

The area of 59th Avenue and Union Hills Drive in Glendale was hit especially hard.

Power lines and power poles were down all throughout the neighborhood. While residents in the area were without power for a time, APS had everybody back online by 9 a.m. Thursday.

One home in the neighborhood caught fire when it was struck by lightning. Another was draped in power lines when intense winds tore down a power pole.

Residents who live in the area reported seeing what they called a funnel cloud.

Deer Valley High School’s football team was practicing when the storm hit. They said they went inside as soon as they spotted that cloud.

3TV viewer Frankie Fraire tweeted video of that funnel cloud, wondering if it was the start of a tornado.

A funnel cloud is a tornado that has not touched the ground, but the National Weather Service said there was nothing on radar to confirm that. Reports of funnel clouds are quite common during monsoon storms like the one that smacked the Valley last night.