PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The monsoon arrived on Wednesday with a vengeance and brought heavy rain, lightning and strong winds into the Phoenix area.

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Rain was first spotted in Apache Junction and then parts of east Mesa also started getting some rain, too, as the monsoon storm started to move in and grow.

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Chandler saw some blowing dust during the beginning of the storm but not a lot of rainfall ended up in the area.

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That's when flash floods were spotted in Scottsdale, Mesa, Paradise Valley and north Phoenix.

[WATCH: Monsoon storms flood Phoenix roads]

Roads were flooded all over the Valley. Video from an Arizona Department of Transportation camera showed that crews had to close the underpasses near the Interstate 17 and Greenway Road and Thunderbird Road because of flooding.

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People in the west Valley then got hammered by the rain. 

Mesa saw the initial blast of rain and a neighborhood near University Dr. and 62nd Street got 1.06" of rain.

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The storms then moved to the north part of town with north Phoenix near Seventh Street and Thunderbird getting 1.33" of rain. The heavy rain then moved to the west Valley, where 67th Avenue and Greenway saw more than than an inch of rain and El Mirage received 1.14".

There were weather warnings in effect for parts of the north Valley until 2 a.m., including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Peoria and Sun City.

[WATCH: Heavy rain brings flash flooding all over the Valley]

Wind gusts hit up to 50 mph with torrential rain possible. Flash flood warnings were in effect until 2 a.m.

Power outages

More than 19,000 Salt River Project power customers were without power at the height of the storm last night. Over 300 remain without power still, per SRP.

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And more than 14,000 Arizona Public Service customers were without power at the height of the storm. About 250 APS customers are still without power this morning, according to APS.

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One of the intersections affected was Higley Road and Broadway Road. There was a crash that was likely affected by the rain and traffic signals not on. It appeared that no one was seriously hurt.

Dangers of lightning

Along with the rain and dust, the storms have also brought a lot of lightning.

The Phoenix Fire Department reported at least three calls for house fires caused by lightning.

[WATCH: Monsoon lightning sparks fires in Phoenix]

One lightning strike hit a palm tree in Paradise Valley that was in a backyard and crews were able to quickly contain it, Capt. Danny Gile with the Phoenix Fire Department said.

[WATCH: Lightning hits tree in Paradise Valley]

Another lightning strike, also in Paradise Valley, caused a brush fire in the backyard of a home but the flames didn't spread.

Those were just two of more than a dozen calls of possible house fires or tree fires due to lightning that happened just after 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters said no one was hurt.

 


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