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Large monsoon storm closes down Phoenix-area freeway

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Following Friday’s big monsoon storm, Tuesday brought heavy rain and flash floods as Valley drivers headed home from work.

The rainfall numbers were substantial.

Flash flood warnings hit the center metro areas of Phoenix as rush hour traffic neared its conclusion.

The flooding was so severe it caused the Interstate 17 to close in both directions at Indian School Road at 5:30 p.m.

Southbound lanes opened more than four hours later.

Another major section of the freeway was closed by flooding.

Two water rescues were already done by Phoenix Police.

Images of the flooding began to show on social media.

The impact of the rain could be seen by those leaving University of Phoenix Stadium after the Arizona Cardinals wrapped up training camp for the day.

A brief severe thunderstorm warning arrived in those areas as well.

APS’ outage map showed more than 2,000 customers without power in the Glendale and Phoenix area around 7:00 p.m.. SRP at one point had over 1,300 outages across the Valley.

Tuesday’s storm comes after the brief bits of monsoon weather that hit the Valley after Friday’s storm left over 17,000 SRP customers without power.

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