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Storm brings hail, rain, wind to Phoenix metro area

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PHOENIX — A storm brought hail, rain and wind to the Phoenix area on Tuesday.

Strong storm lines were reported southwest of the Valley. The National Weather Service said gusts could hit as high as 40 mph and issued a flash flood warning for central Maricopa County through 4:30 p.m.

The West Valley was the hardest hit by the storm.

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County reported some rain gauges hitting as high as 1.3 inches of rain by 1 p.m.

The weather service said the storm had the same makeup as one that dropped a large amount of hail over the Valley five years ago. Tuesday’s storm was not as powerful.

The Goodyear Police Department said the areas of Indian School and Citrus roads and Yuma Road and Bullard Avenue were seeing flooding.

Indian School Road was closed west of the Loop 303.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said drivers should consider avoiding the roads until the storm subsides.

Other areas received a healthy amount of rain. The average was about two-tenths of an inch.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport reported departure delays between 30 and 45 minutes.

Phoenix wasn’t the only city enjoying the wet weather.

The storm disrupted a Native American community east of Flagstaff. The Red Cross said five homes in Leupp would be blocked for 24-48 hours by mud and flood waters. the Group was working to house them.

The chance of rain was expected to drop to zero around Wednesday night.

Monday’s storm blew through the city during the morning commute and brought cooler temperatures with it. And by cooler that means low 90s down to mid-80s during the daytime for the week.

Some parts of the Valley saw scattered rain over the weekend as well.

A storm from Mexico is affecting Arizona’s weather.

The traditional monsoon season runs from mid-June to the end of September and is characterized by thunderstorms that stir up dust storms or rain.

It occurs when thunderstorms and moisture are stirred up by winds coming from Mexico. The subsequent moisture tends to roll through the Southwest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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