Trees overturned, heavy rains reported as monsoon storm moved through parts of valley


A small storm managed to bring rain to parts of the valley on Saturday afternoon.

ADOT cameras along Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix showed rain falling in the area.

ADOT cameras also showed heavy rain falling on State Route 347 near Maricopa.

At one point, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert. This warning has since expired.

Additionally, a dust storm warning has been issued for parts of the East Valley. This warning has also expired.

NWS officials say the rain has helped cool temperatures in the valley, with temperatures at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport reaching 84 ° F around 3:00 p.m. By 12:30 p.m., temperatures in the area reached 98 ° F.

SRP officials say more than 3,500 customers were without power at one time.

Road condition

  • Call 511 anywhere in Arizona or 1-888-411-ROAD (7623)
  • az511.com

Rain / Flood Safety Tips

The American Red Cross” tips for heavy rain and flood safety:

  • Turn around, don’t drown! If you have to drive and you encounter a flooded road, turn around and take another direction.
  • If you get caught on a flooded road and the waters are rapidly rising around you, quickly get out of the car and head for higher ground.
  • Tune in to your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates.
  • If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, prepare to evacuate quickly.
  • Follow evacuation orders and don’t try to return until authorities say it’s safe.
  • If the power lines are down, do not walk in puddles or standing water.
  • In the event of a power failure, use a flashlight. Do not use an open flame as alternative lighting.

Be prepared and stay safe during the monsoon

“Most people in the valley know how quickly and how quickly storms can move in and out, resulting in strong winds, dust, rain and flash floods. These storms can cause interruptions to services, such as water, electricity and gas, ”said Captain Ashley Losch of the Glendale Fire Department.

GFD reminds residents how they can prepare and stay safe:

  • Have flashlights with extra batteries on hand.
  • Have foods that can be prepared without the need for cooking or refrigeration.
  • Have at least one gallon of clean water for each person in the household.
  • Have emergency power available for anyone who needs power for a medical device.
  • Have backup power for cell phones that do not require charging.
  • Have a first aid kit ready and accessible.
  • Never drive in areas with flowing water; it takes less than 10 inches to wash a car.
  • Avoid flooded areas, such as washes.
  • If the waters are rising, look for higher ground.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, the ground can be live up to 200 feet.
  • Keep animals indoors during storms.

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