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Valley experiences showers, heavy winds Thursday night as May storms continue

May 18, 2023, 7:58 PM

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PHOENIX — Strong gusts of wind and spotty rainfall impacted the Valley and surrounding areas on Thursday night, continuing a week of storms throughout Arizona.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix warned that thunderstorms could bring up to 40 mph gusts throughout the Valley, strong enough to knock down tree branches and blow around unsecured objects.

Isolated storms moved south and southwest Thursday evening, following an outflow through Pinal County and resulting in showers, according to NWS.

Rain gauges in the Valley picked up 0.04-0.20 inches of precipitation Thursday afternoon into the evening, as the storm worked its way down from higher terrain.

NWS said thunderstorms would impact Maricopa and Pinal counties through 8:15 p.m.

The rain may not be finished in the morning, though, as strong outflow probabilities will increase Friday afternoon and evening, according to NWS.

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Valley experiences showers, heavy winds Thursday night as May storms continue