A strong thunderstorm marked the return of the Monsoon storms to the valley, and it brought strong winds and heavy rains.
The storm came from the south Monday afternoon bringing strong wind and rains from the Picacho Peak area. Dust blowing ahead of the storm caused several accidents. I-10 was briefly closed due to blowing dust and low visibility during the afternoon due to the crashes.
In South Phoenix dozens of neighborhoods received heavy rain causing drains to become overwhelmed and isolated flooding to occur. Motorists traveling on 24th Street and Baseline got stuck during the evening commute. Some of those motorists got stuck on the side of the road.
The National Weather Service reported winds reached as strong as 63 miles per hour. Those winds helped fuel a debris fire at a recycling yard in south Phoenix during the height of the storm. Firefighters got that blaze under control a short time later.
Sky Harbor Airport, which is the official reporting point for Phoenix, received 0.34 inches of rain. The FAA held all air traffic going into and leaving Sky Harbor for a short time while the storm passed overhead. All operations are back to normal, but they encourage any travelers to contact their airline to determine if there are delays.
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