Valley wakes up to damage, more rain following monsoon storms
PHOENIX — After an intense night of monsoon storms, Valley residents saw more rain Wednesday morning and damage that included uprooted trees and torn turf.
“The Valley (is) waking up to some damage this morning, in part thanks to those very strong winds that we saw … from those thunderstorms that rolled in just in time for the evening commute,” ABC15 meteorologist Iris Hermosillo told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
“We had a wind gust … reported in Mesa that was up near 70 mph yesterday evening.”
Hermosillo said it’s unlikely that storms will be as bad Wednesday.
“Because of all of the clouds that we have in place right now, and because of all of the rain that we are seeing in the area this morning, that may really limit our storm potential later,” she said.
“(But) I think there’s still a chance we could get a few thunderstorms. We’ll have to watch how things shape up.”
Phoenix had a more than 40% chance of rain through 9 a.m. It was expected to hover between 15 and 25% throughout the day until dropping into single digits around 8 p.m.
While the high temperature for the day was expected to stay in the double digits at 97 degrees, Hermosillo said you may still be sweating outside.
“You’re going to notice all of that humidity as you step outside, too. It is muggy as that monsoon moisture’s still in place,” she said.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.