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Another round of hard rain blasts Tempe, floods US 60

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX — Another day, another monsoon storm in metro Phoenix. For the second straight night, Tempe was hit hard by rain that flooded streets, pushed mud onto freeways and left behind several inches of standing water.

The National Weather Service said some pockets of the city endured up to nearly 4 inches of rain that began pummeling homes and roads around midnight. Other neighborhoods got 1 to 3 inches.

U.S. 60 was closed in both directions at Rural Road for hours because of flooding that began on westbound McClintock Drive. Cars stalled in the downpour.

Weather bureau meteorologist Paul Iniguez said there was only a “1 percent chance of seeing that much rain in that short a time in any given year.”

An Arizona Department of Transportation tweet shortly after the pounding began said cars on U.S. 60 were “spraying plumes of rain like motorboats.”

A flood warning that covered parts of Maricopa and Pinal counties remained in effect until 8:30 a.m.

Parts of Mesa also took on more storm water than manageable. An apartment complex near Dobson Road and University Drive flooded, displacing at least two dozen residents.

Flash flooding also forced streets closed in Queen Creek, Apache Junction and Scottsdale.

Rain also slammed the East Valley and Scottsdale on Thursday.

A month ago, the Valley was hit by three days of consecutive monsoon storms.

More thunderstorms were forecast for Friday evening.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.