PHOENIX - The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a number of warnings and advisories as monsoon weather makes a return to parts of the Valley.
According to NWS Phoenix's Twitter page, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of Avondale and Goodyear, as well as the Wickenburg area. Those warnings have since expired.
A Flash Flood Warning was issued for the Wickenburg, Vicksburg and Salome areas, but those warnings have also expired.
Meanwhile, a Flash Flood Watch will be in effect from July 22 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.
The storm, according to NWS, cooled down a part of Goodyear from 113°F to 79°F.
Power outages reported
APS officials say more than 2,000 customers are without power in and around the Valley at one point.
In one instance, officials say 1,819 customers without power in an area located between the I-10 and Durango Street, and from 183rd Avenue to 159th Avenue. Officials say the outage was caused by an unknown interference to a major power line.
In another instance, APS officials say 633 customers are without power for the same reason near the Morristown area.
In La Paz County, APS officials say 1,275 customers are without power due to unknown interference to a major power in the Salome area. Those aforementioned power outages have since been resolved.
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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.
Rain/flood safety tips
The American Red Cross' tips for heavy rain situations and flood safety:
- Turnaround don’t drown! If you must drive and you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and go another way.
- If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Tune in to your local radio, NOAA radio, or news channels for the latest updates.
- If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly.
- Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe.
- If power lines are down, do not step in puddles or standing water.
- If power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use any open flame as alternate lighting.
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.
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