Monsoon 2023: More rain rolls into Phoenix a day after destructive storm | Sept. 1

More storms are rolling into the Valley Friday a day after a powerful monsoon brought blowing dust, lightning, and rain to various parts of the Phoenix area.

Thursday's storm prompted officials with the National Weather Service to issue a number of weather advisories and warnings. One photo captured a wall of dust near Sky Harbor Airport.

The rain was widespread across Arizona Thursday, with parts of northern Arizona affected by hail. Residents in areas including Eloy also reported seeing stormy weather.

"Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible again this afternoon and this evening," the National Weather Service Phoenix tweeted Friday. "The main impacts with these storms will be strong winds, small hail, blowing dust, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours."

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Rain falling on the Loop 101 in Scottsdale on Sept. 1. (ADOT)

Power outages

In the aftermath of Thursday's storm, both SRP and APS have reported widespread power outages within their service areas.

Thousands of residents - as far west as Goodyear and as far east as Gilbert - remained without power Friday.

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APS outage map:

Latest Updates

1:12 p.m.

Visibility has fallen to or below 1/4 miles in Yuma from blowing dust. A Dust Storm Warning has been issued. - ADOT

1 p.m.

A dust storm warning is in effect until 2:30 PM MST for I-8, US-95 near Yuma, AZ--CA and US-95 near San Luis, AZ and US-95 near Somerton, AZ. - NWS Phoenix

12:43 p.m.

Strong to severe storms in SW AZ currently are producing very heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts, blowing dust, and frequent lightning. Storms are starting to pop around SE CA and light showers with some embedded storms are moving through SC AZ. - NWS Phoenix on X

6:03 a.m. 

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible again this afternoon and this evening. The main impacts with these storms will be strong winds, small hail, blowing dust, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours. - NWS Phoenix

You can check the latest weather conditions by visiting the FOX 10 Phoenix weather page, or download the Free FOX 10 Weather app, which is available on Apple iOS and Android.

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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.