Power lines are down on Shea Boulevard and 40th Street after a monsoon storm in Phoenix on Aug. 3, 2017. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com
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Monsoon rains blow manhole covers at Terminal 4 in Phoenix Sky Harbor. Cheryl Evans/azcentral.com
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Views of the Monsoon storm in north Phoenix. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com
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Rain falls in Chandler during a monsoon storm on Aug. 3, 2017. Matt Self/azcentral.com
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Rain falls in Tempe on Aug. 3, 2017. Karina Bland/azcentral.com
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A storm shuts down the trails at the Desert Botanical Garden on Aug. 3, 2017. Zachary Hansen/azcentral.com
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A tree fell into the road at Thunderbird and Cave Creek roads during a storm on Aug. 3, 2017. Richard Obert/azcentral.com
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Heavy rain falls in downtown Phoenix on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. Nick Oza/azcentral
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A double rainbow appears after a storm moves through metro Phoenix on Aug. 3, 2017.
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Driving in a rainstorm on East Cactus Road in north Phoenix on Aug. 3, 2017. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com
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Slow motion video of rain droplets in Chandler, Arizona on Aug. 1, 2017.
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Water erupts out of a manhole at Sky Harbor International Airport during a storm on Aug. 3, 2017. Michael Chow/azcentral.com
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A woman who drove past a “road closed” sign on Citrus Road, just south of Interstate 10 in Goodyear, gets stuck in the mud and has to abandon her car after heavy rains soaked the Valley on July 24, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
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Mesa Fire and Medical crews rescued a stranded motorist in Apache Junction on July 24, 2017. Mesa Fire and Medical Department
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Floodwaters race past the Apache Junction Police Department. Robert E. Wheeler Jr./Special for azcentral.com
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People walk across the crosswalk at the start of a monsoon storm in downtown phoenix on July 29, 2017.
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Rain falls in Phoenix on July 24, 2017. Nick Oza/azcentral.com
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Flooding in Apache Junction on S. Ocotillo Road. Robert Geist/azcentral.com
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Water running through the San Tan Heights subdivision off Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley on July 24, 2017. Robert Anglen/azcentral.com
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Flooding in a wash in the San Tan Heights subdivision in San Tan Valley on July 24, 2017. Robert Anglen/azcentral.com
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Mesa firefighters conduct a water rescue on Monday, July 24, 2017. (Mesa Fire and Medical Department)
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Water rushes along 64th Street just north of University Drive in east Mesa on Monday, July 24, 2017. (Wendy Killeen/The Republic)
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Heavy rains create a large pool of water in Mesa’s Ensenada Park on July 24, 2017. Wendy Killeen/azcentral.com
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Rainfall soaks 64th Street in Mesa on July 24, 2017. Wendy Killeen/azcentral.com
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A dust storm moves toward the Valley on July 23, 2017.
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Rain near Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue in Phoenix on July 21, 2017. Lindsey Collom/azcentral.com
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Lightning is flashing and rain is soaking east Mesa near Power and Brown roads Thursday night, July 20, 2017. Wendy Killeen/azcentral.com
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A peach-faced lovebird rides out a monsoon windstorm in a mesquite tree in Phoenix on July 14, 2017. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com
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Images from the storm on July 14, 2017.
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An approaching monsoon storm near Surprise and Waddell kicks up a lot of dust on July 14, 2017. April Morganroth/azcentral.com
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Azcentral.com photographer Rob Schumacher shot this beautiful time-lapse video of monsoon storm thunderhead building over Carefree.
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Azcentral.com photographer David Kadlubowski shot this beautiful time-lapse video of a monsoon storm in Phoenix.
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A tree that fell over during a storm on July 10, 2017, is disposed of in Gold Canyon. Loren Townsley/azcentral.com
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A dust storm moves across the East Valley during a monsoon storm July 10, 2017.
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A microburst drops some rain near Waddell on July 10, 2017.
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Meteorologists’ video of storm clouds as they form and evaporate and reform and evaporate over Mount Lemmon on Aug. 17, 2006. Video shot by Joseph Zehnder; Weldon B. Johnson/azcentral.com
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Newspaper stands are knocked over as a thunderstorm makes it’s way through Phoenix.
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Wind and rain start to pick up in Northwest Valley.
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Storm downs power lines in Phoenix
Rains blow manhole covers at Sky Harbor
Monsoon storm in north Phoenix
Storm drops rain on Chandler
Rain falls in Tempe
Rain pours at Desert Botanical Garden
Toppled tree after monsoon storm
Heavy rain in downtown Phoenix
Double rainbow after storm moves through
Driving in rainstorm in north Phoenix
Light rain in Chandler
Manhole cover blown at Phoenix airport
Driver gets stuck on flooded street
Mesa Fire and Medical rescue in Apache Junction
Apache Junction flooding
Monsoon weather in downtown phoenix
Rain in Phoenix
Flooded street in Apache Junction
San Tan Heights flooding
Wash floods in San Tan Valley
Water rescue Mesa
Rain and rushing water in east Mesa
Ensenada Park in east Mesa
Rain soaks Mesa neighborhood
Dust storm moves toward the Phoenix area
Monsoon storm in Phoenix
Pouring rain at Power and Brown roads in east Mesa July 20, 2017
Riding out a monsoon windstorm in Phoenix
Images from Friday’s Phoenix-area storm
Monsoon storm approaches in far West Valley
Time-lapse of monsoon storm thunderhead building over Carefree
Time-lapse view of monsoon storm from Broadway curve in Phoenix
Storm downs tree in Gold Canyon
Watch a dust storm move across the East Valley
Monsoon rains hit far West Valley
Clouds form over Mount Lemmon
Downtown Phoenix, July 15, 2017
Surprise/Waddell monsoon storm
Storms rolled through the Phoenix metro area late Thursday afternoon from multiple directions, dropping heavy rain on a large swath of the region, along with high winds and localized flooding.
The storms caused heavy street flooding, power outages and extensive flight delays at Sky Harbor International Airport.
And after things had calmed down, the National Weather Service tweeted a little before 8 p.m. that radar and photographs confirmed a brief landspout tornado had formed in the skies just south of downtown Phoenix.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix began issuing severe thunderstorm warnings for the northeast Valley just before 4 p.m., and those advisories later were extended to the southeast Valley and northern and northwestern areas as multiple storms began moving into the region.
A flash-flood warning also was issued until 8:30 pm. for Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.
By 5 p.m., rain was falling throughout much of the metro area, with some of the heaviest initial rain totals in a corridor along Interstate 17 in north Phoenix, areas near Paradise Valley and in Tempe.
Storms also brought rain to much of central Phoenix and areas of the northwest Valley.
The Flood Control District of Maricopa County reported rainfall totals from the storm, including 1.85 inches at Papago Park; 1.26 inches near Broadway and GIlbert roads in Mesa; 1.3 inches near Mesa’s Dobson Ranch area; 1.89 at Thomas Road and 48th Street in Phoenix; 1.3 at Apache Boulevard and Rural Road in Tempe; and 1.73 near 64th Street and Osborn Road in Scottsdale.
At the the height of the storms, Arizona Public Service had about 15,000 customers without power, many of them in northeast and east Phoenix, officials said. About half of those were restored within two hours.
Another 5,000 customers in the Phoenix area and 1,600 in Tonopah, west of Phoenix, were without power after 8 p.m. The company expected power to be restored to them by 11 p.m.
Fifteen power poles were down in an area along Shea Boulevard east of 32nd Street, which closed Shea into Thursday night while APS crews worked to make repairs.
Salt River Project officials said about 10,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Guadalupe and Fountain Hills. About 4,000 still were without power around 8:30 p.m.
Power was expected to be restored to most customers by 11:30 p.m. However, an area near 44th Street and Thomas Road could take longer, the company said.
At Sky Harbor, all incoming and departing flights were stopped about 5:15 p.m. The stoppage remained in effect for nearly an hour before flights resumed after 6 p.m., said Julie Rodriquez, airport spokeswoman.
She said delayed flights were expected for several hours and advised travelers and those picking up someone to contact airlines for the latest flight status.
Adding to the misery was a blown manhole cover that flooded some lanes at Terminal 4.
Phoenix fire officials reported they were responding to a report of an elderly couple stranded in a wash near Cave Creek and Pinnacle Peak roads. Further details were not immediately available.
Extensive street flooding slowed traffic in numerous areas. On U.S. 60 in Tempe, eastbound lanes were flooded between Mill Avenue and McClintock Drive shortly after 6 p.m., bringing rush-hour traffic to a standstill.
Heavy rain caused part of a roof to collapse at a Mor Furniture store near the 44th Street and McDowell Road, the Phoenix Fire Department said.
About 25 square feet of the roof broke open, flooding the Mor Furniture store and a neighboring Food City, fire officials said. No one was injured.
Elsewhere, numerous trees were reported down in areas of east Phoenix and the southeast Valley, which were among the hardest-hit areas.
Paul Iniguez, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said storms popping up in different areas around Phoenix merged over parts of the Valley, causing the heavy downpours.
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