Monsoon storms soak Arizona for 3rd day

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Monsoon storms hit parts of Arizona for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, dumping up to an inch of rain and penny-sized hail over parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

There were scattered power outages and street flooding, but no reported injuries.

A spokeswoman at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport said some departing flights were delayed by up to 30 minutes because of the thunderstorm, but there was no disruption for arriving planes.

In southern Arizona, heavy rainfall from thunderstorms resulted in street closures and at least one water rescue earlier Tuesday.

Some parts of the Tucson area received nearly 1.5 inches of rain, resulting in runoff that had water flowing in the normally dry Santa Cruz River in downtown Tucson.

Rural-Metro firefighters rescued a person from a vehicle that stalled while being driven through running water above the vehicle's rear bumper in a flooded intersection.

Heavy rainfall also was reported farther north in Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai counties.

Mohave County sheriff's officials said a county Road Department worker reported seeing a male of undetermined age being swept away after falling into a running wash in the Kingman area on Monday evening.

A search that continued into Tuesday morning was suspended in the early afternoon after sheriff's officials said they had no report of any missing person in the area.

They also re-interviewed the county employee, who recalled seeing a man walking near the embankment and seeing a splash in the water. However, he never actually saw a man in the water.

A storm late Monday knocked down numerous trees in east Phoenix, leaving many fallen tree limbs in yards and on streets. High wind also toppled a traffic light pole.

Power was out in several neighborhoods, affecting thousands of customers, and flooding disrupted traffic.

In north Phoenix, firefighters used ropes and a pulley system to rescue a 56-year-old motorist after she tried to cross a wash. Georgia Arneson said there was only a little water in the wash when she drove into it but that a wave of water carrying debris trapped her.

In east-central Arizona, an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was hospitalized in serious condition after being injured when his patrol vehicle crashed near Payson on State Route 87. A DPS spokesman said the single-vehicle accident was related to weather.

A storm late Sunday caused similar damage in Phoenix-area suburbs and in the Tucson area, where high wind flipped a retired F-16 onto another aircraft at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

National Weather Service meteorologists said dry air is expected to move into the region on Wednesday, limiting thunderstorms to higher terrain north and east of Phoenix.

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