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Thunderstorm warnings expire after storms drop hail, rain across Phoenix metro Tuesday

The National Weather Service is warning of torrential rain and other dangers as a storm rolls across the Valley.

PHOENIX — Just when the monsoon season left and the Valley looked dry for good, more moisture snuck its way in.

Scattered severe storms could possibly hit the Valley Tuesday during an hours-long window this afternoon. 

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The main threats from the thunderstorms could include 

  • Intense winds that can damage trees and houses
  • Large hail
  • Lightning 
  • Blowing dust
  • Localized flooding

Periods of light showers will move through the Valley from the morning into the early afternoon before the chance of more severe storms.

Live weather updates

6:15 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Scottsdale, Tempe and Paradise Valley until 6:45 p.m.

See the latest conditions:

6:02 p.m. - The storm is now approaching the east Valley near Scottsdale and Mesa.

5:57 p.m. - The National Weather Service is warning of torrential rain, wind as strong as 60 mph and possible hail as a storm nears the Phoenix metro area.

5:37 p.m. - NWS is warning of possible hail and gusting wind in the southern part of the Valley as a storm moves in towards the Phoenix metro.

5:19 p.m. - The severe thunderstorm warning in the southern part of Maricopa County has been extended through 6 p.m.

4:59 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm warning in effect for parts of Maricopa County until 5:30 p.m. NWS says golf ball size hail is possible.

3:50 p.m.- A special weather statement has been issued for Theba and Piedra.

3:30 p.m.- A severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Cibecue.

3:20 p.m.- A special weather statement has been issued for Theba and Piedra.

3 p.m.-  Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Gila and Navajo counties.

2:30 p.m.- A tornado warning issued has now expired for the areas near Sitgreaves National Forest, nine miles west of Forest Lakes. The storm was near State Route 260 and is headed northeast. 

1:45 p.m. - Several areas in Gilbert are experiencing power outages, the town's Twitter feed is reporting.

SRP OUTAGES: Current statuses in the community

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1:30 p.m. - 12 News viewer Timothy Blevins captured lots of hail falling in Laveen on Tuesday afternoon. An October storm moved across the Valley bringing dark clouds, rain and lots and lots of hail! 

1 p.m. - Sky 12 was over the Valley, tracking the latest storms moving through the area.

12:30 p.m. - Jamie Kagol gives viewers an update on the lunch hour conditions in the Valley. Some areas were hit with fast-moving storms.

Noon - The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of Arizona. It's expected to be in effect until 8 p.m.

Dry weather will return Wednesday and Thursday with chances of rain being possible again for Friday and Saturday.

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We will continue to monitor the current weather conditions throughout the day. You can also track the storms' movements in the 12 News app on radar.

Don't forget to share your weather photos with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #BeOn12. 12 News viewer Caryn Rybarsyk shared this incredible photo of a palm tree in Scottsdale on fire after a reported lightning strike!

Credit: Caryn Rybarsyk
Palm tree struck by lightning in Scottsdale on Oct. 5, 2021.

Arizona Weather 

Arizona has seen its fair share of severe weather. Here is a compilation of videos from various storms across the Grand Canyon state.