Several lightning strikes were observed in Tempe on Aug. 10, 2018, as a monsoon storm swept over parts of Phoenix area.
Bayan Wang, The Republic |

The monsoon-storm spell looks to have broken — at least for now.

After four consecutive nights of drenching rain, wind gusts and spectacular lightning shows, the chance of another downpour in the next few days is unlikely, the National Weather Service said early Saturday evening.

It should be a welcome break for residents whose homes have lost power, cars have been damaged or trees have fallen over. 

About 1,600 SRP customers across the Valley whose power was knocked out overnight had it restored by Saturday afternoon, according to the company’s outage map.

An APS power outage that began about 1 a.m. Saturday was still affecting nearly 2,700 houses in Goodyear late in the day, after lightning hit a transformer at a substation. Crews were replacing the transformer and expected to have electricity restored by midnight, according to Arizona Public Service.

More than 3 inches of rain have fallen in parts of the East Valley over the last week, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District.

Friday night’s storm broke a daily record for rain at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, with 0.56 inches measured. The previous record for Aug. 10 was set in 1958 at 0.32 inches, the National Weather Service said.

Heading into Saturday night, the chance for rain is only 10 percent in the Phoenix area, said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“(It) is looking much quieter,” Deemer said. “Much less than we’ve seen the past four days.”

The storm chances will increase slightly to 20 percent Sunday through Wednesday, but Deemer said he still does not expect any significant storms.

“I would be extremely surprised,” Deemer said.

Thursday has the highest potential for moisture with a 30 percent chance of rain in the Valley, but returning storms are unlikely to match the severity of this past week, Deemer said. 



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