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Storms impacting portions of northern Arizona; Valley quiet after early morning rain

A flash flood warning is in effect in portions of Coconino and Navajo counties.

PHOENIX — Editor's note: The above video aired during a previous broadcast.

Monsoon storms drenched the Phoenix metro area early Thursday morning, causing utility companies, transportation officials and meteorologists to scramble.

Storms will continue Thursday with severe weather expected in Flagstaff, Prescott and Kingman through the afternoon and evening. 

Here are the latest updates you need to know:

See the estimated restoration time for your area on SRP's outage map or APS's outage map.

Updates

8:31 p.m. - Monsoon 2022 is chipping away at Arizona's drought situation. We're seeing small changes with each passing week of storms. There were a few percentage changes in each category from this time last week.

8:06 p.m. - Low clouds and showers to start off the day in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

7:18 p.m. - Special weather statement issued for areas of central Apache County until 7:45 p.m.

5:42 p.m. - Here's a look at the results of today's early morning storms. Usually, monsoon storms are isolated leaving a wide variety of rainfall totals around the Valley.

5:38 p.m. - Special weather statement in effect until 6 p.m. for portions of Coconino County. Hazards include wind gusts up to 40 mph.

5:25 p.m. Wow!! The National Weather Service said Arizona saw nearly 20,000 lightning flashes between 11 p.m. Wednesday night and 9 a.m. Thursday morning. 

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5:20 p.m. Sky Harbor is back in the positive, just 0.06" above average for the monsoon season so far. 

4:19 p.m. - Flash flood warning in effect until 8:15 p.m. for portions of Coconino and Navajo counties.

3:33 p.m. - The map below shows the total number of lightning flashes over Arizona from 11 p.m. Wednesday night to 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

1:20 p.m.: Strong storms with heavy downpours, gusty winds and hail are expected in north-central and northwestern Arizona this afternoon and evening. 

8:00 a.m. - Most of the outages from this morning have reportedly been fixed and power has been restored, according to SRP and APS's websites.

6:06 a.m. - A Flash Flood Warning has been activated for parts of Glendale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley, the National Weather Service of Phoenix said.

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4:30 a.m. - More than 8,500 SRP customers and more than 6,000 APS customers woke up without power Thursday morning as monsoon storms drenched the Valley.

Outages were expected to last hours, with some not being fixed until 9 a.m., according to the utilities' estimates.

Early-morning drivers and several roadways also faced complications from the storms as standing water forced the Arizona Department of Transportation to put multiple closures in place, according to the department's Twitter page.

"Avoid areas where water is pooling in travel lanes; if possible, use center lanes and drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you," the department's website said.

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Driving Safety Tips:

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road.

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website.

ADOT's suggestionsinclude:

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively
  • Never drive while under the influence of substances
  • Avoid distractions while driving
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same
  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over
  • Stay extra aware in work zones
  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here.

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said.

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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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