First Alert Weather Day: Parts of the East Valley hit with rain, heavy winds

A pop-up storm developed over the Mesa and Fountain Hills areas on Monday night, bringing rain and strong winds.
Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 2:44 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The East Valley was hit with a massive monsoon rain shaft on Monday night. After staying dry most of the day, Mesa and Tempe neighborhoods were hit with rain and winds up to 50 mph. The National Weather Service said pea-sized hail was possible.

In the afternoon, several isolated storms popped up in the West Valley, including Goodyear and the Surprise area. A quick rain shower developed in the Moon Valley neighborhood in north Phoenix around 4:45 p.m. Because of the moisture build-up around the state, a First Alert Weather Day has been declared for the potential of flash flooding.

Just after 2 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a dust advisory that expired at 2:45 p.m. for areas including Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek. Dust was visible from ADOT cameras in the area. Video from Arizona’s Family news helicopter saw the blowing dust come in from the southeast and cover parts of Tempe and Chandler before dissipating as it moved further in the Phoenix area. A flash flood watch continues for much of the state through Wednesday. The chance for thunderstorms is 30% on Monday night and increases to 40% on Tuesday.

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