Heavy rain, high winds batter the north Valley

Severe thunderstorms, hail and isolated showers hit parts of Arizona.

High winds and heavy rain moved through the north Valley Wednesday evening.

The northeast Phoenix area initially saw rain and 40+ mph winds between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. before the storm moved southeast out of the area.

Then a second cell formed in the northwest Valley, depositing rain in the Surprise and Sun City area. A flood advisory for much of the Valley expired at 8:30 p.m.

TRACK THE STORMS: 12 News radar

 

Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Peoria, Avondale, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Paradise Valley and other cities were mentioned in the advisory.

Off 99th Avenue and Bell Road, there was quite a bit of water left over from this storm by 10 p.m. In fact, it filled up the canal that runs along Bell, taking many off guard.

“I was getting out of the mall and just all of the sudden, just all the rain came down,” said Jake Lewis, who works in the area. Lewis and Rick Martinez were surprised at the amount of water that came down in such a short amount of time.

“Well actually I came from Reems and Bell and it barely rained over there at all,” said Martinez. “When I got over here, I was watching all the water pour off the gas station here, I was like wow this place really got a lot.”

Especially a nearby canal, it filled up quickly.

“I’ve never seen a drop of water in it ever, so now it’s two feet high,” said Lewis.

“Usually it’s 6 or 8 feet deep of nothing,” said Martinez. “It’s usually bone dry.”

For more monsoon coverage: 12news.com/monsoon

 

NWS advised drivers to be careful of flooded roadways. Turn around, don't drown!

A severe thunderstorm also hit far-east Maricopa County Wednesday afternoon, bringing high winds and hail.

Roosevelt saw winds up to 60 miles per hour and penny-sized hail, according to the National Weather Service.

That severe thunderstorm warning expired at 5:15 p.m.

 

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