Labor Day weekend begins with storms around the Valley


by Andrew Michalscheck

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 7:18 AM

PHOENIX -- Labor Day weekend got off to a wet start around the Valley on Friday.

Late in the afternoon, storms began popping up in the northern and eastern parts of the Phoenix metro area, leaving trees toppled and roads flooded.

Rain totals in the East Valley were particularly impressive, as Apache Junction received 1.57 inches of rain, and east Mesa received 1.42 inches.

The severe weather also left thousands without power.

SRP said approximately 5,400 customers in east Mesa lost power during the storms. Fortunately, they were expected to have their power restored within a couple of hours.

The heavy rains also made for a “rocky” commute on Interstate 17.

The Arizona Department of Transportation tweeted a photo of rock slides on I-17 north of Phoenix. ADOT did, however, add that crews were removing the rocks, and there were no reports of traffic delays.

So will the wet weather continue during the holiday weekend?

3TV’s Royal Norman says Valley residents can look forward to scattered thunderstorms during the weekend, with most of the action in the eastern and northern parts of the state.

By Labor Day, we’re expecting highs between 103 and 107.