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Thousands without power as monsoon storms blanket Valley

(ADEQ Photo)

PHOENIX — Thousands across the Valley were without power Monday evening as the first monsoon storms of the season began to roll into Phoenix.

More than 10,000 SRP customers and 4,000 APS customers began losing power around 8:30 p.m., according to outage maps.

The outages were affecting customers in Phoenix, Glendale and Gilbert.

By early Tuesday, the numbers were down to less than 500 for APS and about 40 for SRP.

Dust began rolling into the East Valley right around sundown, causing low visibility on roadways.

Rains soon followed, especially in the East Valley.

Some areas of Mesa recorded a half inch of rain between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

In north Phoenix, standing water on State Route 51 caused accidents and closed all northbound lanes at approximately 9:30 p.m. but was quickly reopened, according to ADOT.

The monsoon weather was a welcome sight across the Valley for most, though, because of a summer that has been drier than usual.

Monsoon activity is expected to continue throughout the week in the Valley, especially on Tuesday.

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