PHOENIX — A funnel cloud was spotted in Northern Arizona on Wednesday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Newton moved through the state.
According to the National Weather Service, the funnel cloud was seen about 11:40 a.m. near Williams, which is slightly more than 30 miles west of Flagstaff.
The funnel cloud did not touch down and there were no reports of damage in the area.
The funnel cloud was caught on video.
A hazardous weather warning was in effect until 11 p.m., but it was focused on possible thunderstorms and flooding as Newton moved through the state.
Arizona was expected to see stormy weather through Wednesday night as Newton dissipates over the state.
Prior to Newton’s arrival, the last time a tropical storm blew into Arizona was 1997. Tropical Storm Nora brought Yuma its wettest day on record, Tucson meteorologist Jim Meyer said, when almost four inches of rain fell in one day.
However, Nora was a stronger storm than Newton and was able to avoid breaking up over the tall mountains in the Baja Peninsula.
Newton did bring some rain to the state. Showers started to fall early and created gushes in washes and streets from Yuma to Tucson to Buckeye.
Drivers in the Phoenix area made their morning commute in the rain.
Some parts of Phoenix and its suburbs only got sprinkles but the National Weather Service said the 1.99 inches of rain was the third-most for Phoenix in September.
KTAR’s Corbin Carson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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