Thousands left without power as monsoon storms sweep through Valley
PHOENIX — Thousands of residents throughout the Phoenix area were left without power on Monday as monsoon storms swept through the area.
The wind, rain and dust were unrelenting for hours on Monday night, with the National Weather Service issuing multiple alerts for areas throughout the Valley.
A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect through most of the night, with cities from Phoenix to Glendale to New River experiencing wind gusts up to 60 mph. The wind was expected to damage roofs, sliding and trees.
But that was not the only weather system that was rolling through the Valley on Monday. A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Maricopa County until 10:30 p.m.
The areas that were expected to be impacted included Phoenix, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, New River, Cave Creek and Anthem.
Dust storms were also making their way through the area.
Flights coming in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor were also expected to be delayed by up to one hour.
The storms already impacted residents’ commute: The southbound Interstate 17 was closed at Sunset Point due to excessive water in the road. The roadway was reopened shortly before 8 p.m.
The other Phoenix intersections that were closed as a result of the storm included 31st Avenue and Thomas Road, 43rd Avenue and Osborn Road, 99th Avenue and Camelback Road, 59th Avenue and Camelback Road, 59th Avenue and Indian School Road and 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.
Drivers were encouraged to delay travel until the storms passed.
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