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Recap: Monsoon storms flood areas of Flagstaff, Valley hit with winds, rain

Storms moved into the Phoenix metro area after much of northern Arizona was hit by heavy rains and flooding Thursday afternoon.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Monsoon storms are moving into the Valley Thursday evening which is expected to bring rain and gusty winds. 

As of 9:20 p.m., approximately 7,800 SRP total customers are out of power in the southeast and southwest parts of the Valley. For more details on if your area is impacted, visit the company's outage map.

Earlier Thursday, communities located downhill from the Pipeline Fire burn scar near Flagstaff are at an increased risk for flooding on Thursday as monsoon moisture moves through.

The burned vegetation and destroyed soil cannot soak up the monsoon storm rain, so a flash flood warning for multiple Flagstaff neighborhoods was issued Thursday morning by weather officials. The warning has been extended to Thursday afternoon.

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Live updates

10:00 p.m. - Views from around the Valley Thursday evening as rains continue to fall.

9:36 p.m. - Thanks to storms moving through the metro area, the low for today is now down to 89. The low this morning was 91, which was the previous low today.

9:25 p.m. - A dust advisory was issued until 10:15 p.m. moving northwest with visibility of less than 1 mile. This impacts areas of Glendale, Surprise, Avondale, Goodyear, Buckeye, El Mirage, Tolleson and other West Valley cities.

8:54 p.m. - Rain is coming down hard in the southwest Valley this evening. Here's a look at Loop 202 South Moutain and Southern Avenue.

8:26 p.m. - ADOT reminds drivers to be mindful of weather conditions when on the roads.

8:22 p.m. - The storms are moving into the southeast portion of the Valley.

7:45 p.m. - More info on the storms making their way into the Valley from the southwest.

7:29 p.m. - Storms moving northwest toward Maricopa County. Gusty winds with blowing dust, localized heavy rain and higher winds under the stronger storms.

7:18 p.m. - Blowing dust is possible in areas just west of Casa Grande to just west of Gila Bend this evening.

6:33 p.m. - Dust blowing across I-10 at Picacho Peak. The wall of dust is moving northwest in Pinal County into Maricopa County.

6:23 p.m. - A dust advisory has been issued until 7:15 p.m. for Pinal County in southeastern Arizona. Gusty winds are expected to reduce visibility below 1 mile.

5:30 p.m.: Outflows moving to the south are bringing 20-30 mph winds to the Phoenix area. There's a 30% chance for additional storms in the Valley area later this evening. 

4:40 p.m. U.S. 89 has reopened after flooding forced closures near Flagstaff.

4:06 p.m.: A flash flood warning is in effect until 7 p.m. for portions of Yavapai County.

3:53 p.m. - Additional areas in Yavapai County are under a Flash Flood Warning until 5:45 p.m. Those areas include Mt. Union and Palace Station. 

3:06 p.m. - Latest radar update shows La Paz County's best chance for rain will occur this afternoon while central Arizona (including Phoenix) has a 30% chance of showers/storms this evening.

2:42 p.m. - An areal Flood Advisory is in effect until 5:45 p.m. for portions of Yavapai County. This includes Wilhoit, Kirkland, Skull Valley, Copper Basin Rd community, Sunset Lookout and Aspen Creek Trailhead.

1:45 p.m.: The Flash Flood Warning has been extended until 3:30 p.m. for portions of Coconino County, including Timberline, Pine Mountain Estates, Hutchinson Acres, Macann Estates, Schultz Pass and Little Elden Springs Horse Camp. 

An areal Flood Advisory is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for portions of Yavapai County. This includes Camp Verde, Middle Verde, Verde Lakes, Bullpen Day Use Area, Flower Pot and Fort Verde State Historic Park. 

1:25 p.m.: Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy said crews have been deployed to the area near Coyote Springs to observe and respond with traffic control and road clearing.  

Credit: James Carrauthers
James Carrauthers took this photo of flooding near Highway 89 on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

1:02 p.m.: U.S. 89 is closed in both directions near Flagstaff. 

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Flood Safety

The Centers for Disease Control has issued the following tips to stay safe in floodwaters, including:

  • Gather emergency supplies, including non-perishable food and water
  • Collect and store immunization records
  • Bring in outdoor items or tie them down
  • Avoid driving through flooded areas since as little as six inches of water can cause a loss of vehicle control
  • Listen for boil water advisories to know whether drinking water has been compromised. If an advisory is issued, use only bottled, boiled or treated water
  • If electricity goes out, use generators at least 20 feet from any doors, windows, or vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Arizona Weather

Drought, wildfires, heat and monsoon storms: Arizona has seen its fair share of severe weather. Learn everything you need to know about the Grand Canyon State's ever-changing forecasts here.

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