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Rain wakes up metro Phoenix as storm season keeps kicking

Jul 24, 2019, 7:20 AM | Updated: 11:40 am
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PHOENIX – Showers rinsed off metro Phoenix and lightning flashed across the skies early Wednesday, as thunderstorms cracked for a second day this week.

The National Weather Service’s Phoenix office reported measurable rain fell at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for the first time in the monsoon storm season, collecting 0.04 inches.

The bureau had said brief downpours and gusts of up to 35 mph were possible during commuter drive time.

Thunder cracked overnight in isolated storms across the Valley.

“There will be some spots that will get a brief, heavy downpour,” bureau meteorologist Austin Jamison told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

The storm system was expected to clear out of the Valley long before lunchtime.

The season’s first storm Monday night, full of dust and wind, knocked out power and took down trees. More than 10,000 Salt River Project customers and 4,000 Arizona Public Service customers lost power.

Standing water on State Route 51 in north Phoenix caused accidents and closed all northbound lanes for a short time around 9:30 p.m.

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

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Rain wakes up metro Phoenix as storm season keeps kicking