A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Coconino and Navajo counties.
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Monsoon storms inundated the Phoenix metro area early Thursday morning, sending utility companies, transportation officials and meteorologists scrambling.
The storms will continue Thursday with severe weather expected in Flagstaff, Prescott and Kingman throughout the afternoon and evening.
Here are the latest updates you need to know about:
8:31 p.m. – The 2022 monsoon reduces the drought situation in Arizona. We see small changes with each passing storm week. There were some percentage changes in each category from this time last week.
8:06 p.m. – Low clouds and showers to start the day in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.
7:18 p.m. – Special weather statement issued for areas of central Apache County until 7:45 p.m.
5:42 p.m. – Here’s a look at the results of today’s morning storms. Usually, monsoon storms are isolated, leaving a wide variety of rainfall totals around the valley.
5:38 p.m. – Special weather statement in effect until 6 p.m. for parts of Coconino County. Hazards include wind gusts up to 40 mph.
5:25 p.m. Wow!! The National Weather Service said Arizona saw nearly 20,000 lightning strikes between 11 p.m. Wednesday night and 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
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5:20 p.m. Sky Harbor is back in the positive, just 0.06″ above average for the monsoon season so far.
4:19 p.m. – Flash flood warning in effect until 8:15 p.m. for parts of Coconino and Navajo counties.
3:33 p.m. – The map below shows the total number of lightning strikes over Arizona from 11:00 p.m. Wednesday evening to 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning.
1:20 p.m.: Severe storms with heavy showers, gusty winds and hail are expected in north central and northwestern Arizona this afternoon and evening.
8:00 a.m. – Most of the outages this morning have reportedly been repaired and power has been restored, according to the SRP and APS websites.
6:06 a.m. – A flash flood warning has been activated for parts of Glendale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley, the Phoenix National Weather Service said.
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Outages were expected to last for hours, with some not repaired until 9 a.m., according to utility estimates.
Early morning drivers and multiple routes also faced complications from the storms as standing water forced the Arizona Department of Transportation to put in place multiple closures, according to the department’s Twitter page.
“Avoid areas where water collects in traffic lanes; if possible, use center lanes and ride in the footsteps of the vehicle in front of you,” the department’s website says.
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Driving Safety Tips:
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road.
“There is always room for improvement when it comes to road safety,” the ministry said on its website.
ADOT’s suggestions include:
- Do not speed or drive aggressively
- Never drive under the influence of substances
- Avoid distracted driving
- Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers do the same
- When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move
- Pay close attention to work areas
- Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous
“Real-time road conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.govby calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and via ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT“, said the ministry.
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