Photos: Strong thunderstorms dump hail, heavy rain across the Valley

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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 5:36 AM

PHOENIX -- A line of thunderstorms moved through the Valley Friday afternoon bringing gusty winds, heavy rain and hail.

The heaviest portions of the storms were over the Tempe-Mesa area, with the weather moving north and east across the city.

SRP reported 8,000 customers without power throughout the Valley on Friday afternoon due to weather. APS had 700 customers without power in the Cave Creek area, but the exact cause was unknown.

SRP power outage map

Strong winds blew down tents at the Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Ariz. on Friday afternoon and forced organizers to shut down the event for a few hours.

Rain, cloud to ground lightning, and even pea-sized hail was reported at different locations across the Valley. Winds of up to 50 miles per hour have also been reported during the day.

Residents in the West Valley have been avoiding the harshest portions of the storms, with constant showers and a few thunderstorms hitting the area.

Up north, Flagstaff residents are starting their weekend with a sizable serving of snow. Between three to six inches of snow has hit the Flagstaff area..

According to the Arizona Department of Public Transportation, Interstate 17 northbound was closed at milepost 332 on Friday evening, about seven miles south of Flagstaff, because the extreme weather conditions have made the highway impassable.

The heavy rain will remain in the Valley for most of Friday afternoon, with calmer skies expected by about 4 p.m.

Make sure to stay with 3TV and azfamily.com for all your weather updates.

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