Cleanup underway after parts of Arizona pounded by 'ping pong ball' sized hail, thunderstorms

Arizona had another round of thunderstorms Monday night as monsoon season in the state is in full swing.

By 10:05 p.m., the Phoenix-area was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:45 p.m.

Wet weather, along with ping pong ball-sized hail made its way to the Valley from Northern Arizona.

Hail in Lakeside, Arizona. Photo by Kasey Kelley

Hail in Lakeside, Arizona. Photo by Kasey Kelley

Within minutes, the storm dropped at least an inch of rain in Cave Creek. The storm had the potential to cause flash flooding through Monday night.

The storm dropped a significant amount of rain quickly as it passed through the northeast Valley.

Clean up begins yet again after another monsoon

Tree services crews worked tirelessly throughout Tuesday cleaning up Monday night's mess after a monsoon ravaged most of the Valley, including a major part of Scottsdale.

Dozens of trees were uprooted by mother nature when strong winds whistled through Scottsdale Road, north of Loop-101.

"Every single truck we have is working. We're booked, probably through this whole week and part of next week, just for storm damage," said a tree service worker.

The storm also took out 15 power poles in North Scottsdale. APS crews are working through the night and around the clock to restore the poles.

A Scottsdale resident opened his door Tuesday morning and said he couldn't see the street. Why? Because a giant mesquite tree toppled over into his front lawn.

The tree narrowly missed landing on top of his home.


Road Conditions

  • Call 511 anywhere in Arizona or 1-888-411-ROAD (7623)

Preparing for a severe thunderstorm 

The American Red Cross' tips for preparing for a severe thunderstorm:

  • Put together an emergency kit.
  • Know your community’s evacuation plan.
  • Create a household disaster plan and practice it.
  • Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety with members of your household. Be aware that a thunderstorm could produce flooding.
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be a place where there are no windows, skylights, or glass doors, which could be broken by strong winds or hail and cause damage or injury.

Be prepared and stay safe during the monsoon

"Most Valley residents know how quickly and furiously storms can move in and out, bringing strong winds, dust, rain, and flash flooding. These storms can cause interruptions in services, such as water, power, and gas," stated Captain Ashley Losch of the Glendale Fire Department.

GFD reminds residents of ways they can be prepared and stay safe:

  • Have flashlights with extra batteries on hand.
  • Have food that can be prepared without the need for cooking or refrigeration.
  • Have at least one gallon of clean water for each person in the household.
  • Have backup power for anyone requiring power for a medical device.
  • Have backup power for cell phones that do not require charging.
  • Have a first aid kit ready and accessible.
  • Never drive into areas with flowing water; it takes less than 10 inches to wash a car away.
  • Avoid flooded areas, such as washes.
  • If waters are rising, seek higher ground.
  • Do not approach downed power lines, the ground can be energized for up to 200 feet.
  • Keep pets indoors during storms.

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