First Alert Weather Day: Early morning storms bring heavy rain, power outages to the Valley

Heavy rain hit the Valley during the early-morning hours, along with plenty of thunder and lightning.
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 5:31 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 10:52 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Heavy rain hit the Valley during the early-morning hours, along with plenty of thunder and lightning. Several warnings were issued for flooding concerns throughout Thursday morning. A First Alert Weather Day was declared for the morning hours.

One resident in the Valley posted photos and videos in our First Alert Weather Facebook group of a palm tree in her neighborhood in Scottsdale that caught fire after being struck by lightning.

Heavy rain is hitting parts of the Valley this morning.

ADOT reported heavy rains in the area of I-17 and Indian School Road. Always drive safely and turn around if you encounter this kind of heavy trough flooding.

A complex of storms working its way up from Southern Arizona began moving through the Valley between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., bringing very heavy rain. In just an hour, rainfall totals hit an inch in parts of Phoenix. Although most of the rain in the metro has passed over, please use extreme caution driving to school or work this morning and give yourself extra time. A Flash Flood Warning is still in effect over the Telegraph Fire burn scar in Gila County until noon today after heavy rain hit that area as well. Valley rain chances will diminish this afternoon and storm chances stay pretty low for Friday.

Already many individuals in the Valley are waking up without power this morning. A number of metro Phoenix area outages have been reported, impacting about 5,100 APS customers as of 7 a.m. Click the link below to check out APS’s outage map:

SRP customers across the Valley are reporting several regional outages. Outages for that utility hit around 1,600 customers, but as of 7 a.m. is down to around 200. Click below to check SRP’s outage map:

Monsoon moisture ramps up again over the weekend, with a 20% chance for storms Saturday in the Valley and a 40% chance Sunday and into early next week. Temperatures should peak around 103 degrees today and climb to about 105 to 107 for the weekend.

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