Parts of Arizona experience thunderstorms, high winds, flood and dust warnings

Arizona is now in monsoon season, and of course, with that comes wet weather and several severe weather warnings, such as dust storm and flash flood advisories.

Rainfall totals

All the rain came and went in the Valley, Lake Pleasant received the most rain with over an inch.

Sky Harbor International Airport saw a record of .25 inches of rain, beating a previous  1927 record of .22 inches.

Flash flood warnings

On Saturday, July 3, several areas of the state were put under flash flood warnings. Those areas include Gila, Maricopa, Yavapai and Pinal counties.

For an up-to-date list of the warnings and/or when they expire, click here.

Blowing dust, winds

On Saturday afternoon, the East Valley saw a large amount of dust in the air as winds increased. At Sky Harbor International Airport, a high windspeed of 35 mph was recorded.

Power outages

Power outages were reported by APS, affecting thousands of customers all over the state. As of 10 p.m., there were more than 4,000 outages.

Visit the APS outage map here.

Photo by Sam Kennedy

Photo by Sam Kennedy

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.

Road Conditions

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

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