PHOENIX -- Mother Nature provided some fireworks of her own on the Fourth of July. Thunderstorms moved across the Valley late Monday night bringing booms of thunder and plenty of lightning. The northeast part of the Valley seemed to bear the brunt of the storm with 50 mph wind gusts and about .75 inch of rain. Trees were uprooted and damage could be seen around that part of town Tuesday moorning.
More storms could rumble over the Valley Tuesday. Afternoon temperatures near 106 degrees will help heat and lift the moist air in place, increasing chances of storms by this afternoon and evening.
Afternoon thunderstorms are likely to begin building over the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains today. There is about a 20- to 30-percent chance for storms this afternoon and evening in the Valley. Strong winds and blowing dust are once again threats.
Storm chances decrease for the Valley on Friday and into the weekend.
Flash flooding was reported in the Greer area overnight thanks to heavy rains falling on areas burned last month by the Wallow Fire. Evacuations were not mandatory, but several residents chose to evacuate on their own. Debris flows of 1 to 2 feet were reported on Butler Creek by the Greer Fire Department. No major damage or injuries were reported.