Rain, flood advisory issued in Mesa as thunderstorm hits Monday night

Residents are cleaning up debris and damage left by Mother Nature?s monsoon.

Storms made their way into the southeast Valley Monday night after thunderstorm activity already made the evening an exciting one for others in the area.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Mesa, Apache Junction and Queen Creek around 9:50 p.m., it ended at 11:45 p.m.

The NWS said up to an inch of rain had already fallen east of Mesa Gateway Airport by 10 p.m. Rain gauges show more than a half-inch fell between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in the Queen Creek area.

RADAR: Phoenix metro radar

Coolidge, Casa Grande and Apache Junction were under a blowing dust advisory through 11 p.m. Winds are expected between 20 and 35 miles per hour, and visibility will be less than a mile at times, according to the NWS.

The NWS also issued a significant weather advisory for Mesa, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and other parts of the east Valley around 9:30 p.m.

That advisory ended at 10:15 p.m.

Areas east of the Valley were under a flash flood warning, as well, after heavy rain from thunderstorms in the area. Towns mentioned by the NWS warning were Globe, Miami, Central Heights-Midland City, Claypool and Inspiration.

A thunderstorm also dropped heavy rain on the far north Valley Monday night.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for the New River area earlier in the evening.

Sky 12 footage showed water flowing into riverbeds in the area.

Another storm over Wittmann threatened parts of the northwest Valley with 40+ mph winds.

Remember, if you are out driving in the rain and you come across flooding: turn around, don't drown.

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