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Funnel cloud seen near Phoenix as wet weather moves across Arizona

PHOENIX — A funnel cloud was spotted northwest of the Phoenix area Tuesday as patches of extreme weather moved across the state.

A video posted to YouTube (you can watch it above) showed the ominous-looking funnel cloud hovering over the ground near Morristown, Arizona, about 15 miles outside of metro Phoenix. A funnel cloud is not considered a tornado until it makes contact with the ground.

Another funnel cloud may have been spotted in the North Valley.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for central Maricopa County through 1:42 p.m. The National Weather Service said it could cause flooding and hail. A flash flood warning was in effect until 1:53 p.m.

The warnings affected primarily the West Valley.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport experienced some minor delays.

Around the state, a tornado warning was issued for Central Navajo County for the area between Winslow and Holbrook. It expired about 11:30 a.m.

Arizona Snowbowl, located a few miles north of Flagstaff, said on its Facebook page that it received a dusting of snow.

Earlier Tuesday, a woman was pulled out of the flooded Skunk Creek in Anthem, just north of the Phoenix area.

The woman was pulled slowly and safely from the van by a fire department rescue crew, who waded into water deep enough to cover the vehicle’s wheels.

She said she hadn’t believed the crossing would be that dangerous.

A second driver was rescued Tuesday afternoon.

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