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Thunderstorm rolls through metro Phoenix during rush hour

Oct 5, 2021, 2:26 PM | Updated: 9:53 pm
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PHOENIX — A thunderstorm rolled across metro Phoenix Tuesday during rush hour, continuing what has been a wet day for the Valley.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued until 6:45 p.m. for areas that included Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa and Guadalupe.

The storm brought winds that could reach up to 60 mph and potentially produce quarter-sized hail.

After dropping 0.20 inches of rain in some areas south of the Valley, the storm moved northeast toward downtown Phoenix and resulted in 0.04 inches of rain falling.

The storm then moved toward Scottsdale and dropped 0.12 inches of rain.

Earlier in the day, thousands of people in the East Valley were left without power after a strong storm brought rain and wind to the area.

Salt River Project reported outages impacting more than 17,000 customers between McQueen and Gilbert roads in Chandler and Gilbert around 2 p.m.

Only about 1,000 homes were without power in the East Valley as of 3:30 p.m. and most had power back by 6 p.m.

Arizona Public Service, the Valley’s other major power provider, reported an outage around 6:30 p.m. that impacted just over 100 customers. The outage was cleared a few hours later.

The East Valley saw most of the significant rainfall as of Tuesday evening, with areas of Mesa picking up 0.28 inches while 0.55 inches of rain fell in Fountain Hills, according to Maricopa County Flood Control District rain gauges.

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Thunderstorm rolls through metro Phoenix during rush hour