Monsoon storm makes dramatic return, battering parts of the Valley with rain, dust

PHOENIX (KSAZ/AP) -- The monsoon season made a dramatic return on Monday, bringing powerful winds, rain, and blowing dust to the Valley.

The National Weather Service reported that Glendale Municipal Airport and Phoenix Deer Valley Airport had winds of 74 mph (119 kph) while Luke Air Force Base in Glendale had winds up to 69 mph (111 kph).

The storm has taken its toll on the Valley's electric grid, with SRP officials saying there are 3,500 customers in the dark across the Valley.

Phoenix police say traffic signals weren't working at multiple major intersections at the start of the Tuesday morning commute following a Monday night storm with strong winds that caused power outages, downed trees and damaged roofs.


Meanwhile, APS officials say about 5,000 customers are still without power in the Phoenix Metro area as of Tuesday morning.

St. Mary's Food Bank also announced their distribution center in Phoenix located near 31st Avenue and Thomas Road is closed due to snapped power lines.

The food bank says they have been without power since 8:30 p.m. on Monday and families in need of food should visit their Surprise location.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.