Storm causes power outage near Apache Junction

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Posted on August 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 12 at 5:44 AM

Storm causes power outage near Apache Junction

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) -- About 2,000 Salt River Project customers were without electricity near Apache Junction and Gold Canyon for about an hour after a thunderstorm hit the area east of Phoenix.

Officials with the utility company say the storm struck around 5:30 p.m. Monday. Crews are able to restore power to the affected homes and businesses within an hour of the outage .

The National Weather Service in Phoenix later canceled a severe thunderstorm warning originally issued for parts of south Phoenix plus Ahwatukee, Sun Lakes and Laveen.

Meteorologists say the storm weakened and was no longer indicating chances of severe weather.

Strong thunderstorms were spotted earlier Monday in San Tan Valley, southeast of Queen Creek.

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) -- About 2,000 Salt River Project customers are without electricity near Apache Junction and Gold Canyon after a thunderstorm hit the area east of Phoenix.

Officials with the utility company say the storm struck around 5:30 p.m. Monday and crews are working to restore power.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix canceled a severe thunderstorm warning originally issued for parts of south Phoenix plus Ahwatukee, Sun Lakes and Laveen.

Meteorologists say the storm weakened and was no longer indicating chances of severe weather.

Strong thunderstorms were spotted earlier Monday in San Tan Valley, southeast of Queen Creek.

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Phoenix weather: Monsoon is back
Meteorologist Royal Norman

PHOENIX -- An abundance of moisture is headed back into Arizona and that is increasing the number of thunderstorms around the state. However, in addition to that, an upper level weather disturbance will be moving toward the state Tuesday and pass overhead Wednesday and that’s going to bring an increased chance for convection, not only in the mountains, but in the deserts of Arizona as well.

Chances for rain in metro Phoenix could be as high as 50% on Wednesday if this scenario plays out, we could see a decent amount of rain.

In the meantime, the increased moisture levels will keep temperatures down. Highs for the next several days are going to be right about the 100-degree mark, give or take a degree or two, depending on your locations around the Valley.

Rainfall estimates are always difficult for monsoon storms, but most of the computer models are telling us that through Wednesday night, we could see around ½” of rain in some Valley locations. Or course, that means some folks will get more and some will get less.

After Wednesday, the atmosphere dries out and the number of thunderstorms statewide will dwindle toward the weekend.

 

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