Storms cause downed power line, outages across Ariz. -

Flash flood watch issued for Phoenix metro area

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PHOENIX - A flash flood watch will be in effect for the Phoenix area and much of south-central and southwestern Arizona from noon Tuesday through Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms will produce very heavy rainfall that will lead to flooding of urban areas and normally dry washes.

The weather service says the threat for flooding will continue at least through Wednesday morning but that drier conditions are anticipated by Thursday.

Parts of the valley already woke up to some wet weather on Tuesday morning.

Showers hit the east valley in the afternoon and rain in the west valley was seen later in the night.

It was not as powerful as recent storms, but it was enough to knock down some power lines in Goodyear.
The storm caused some power lines to go down in a neighborhood off of Camelback and Sarival; APS was able to get them back up pretty quickly.

Crews were also out in Avondale fixing downed power lines on Tuesday morning.

About 2,000 SRP customers were without electricity near Apache Junction and Gold Canyon for about an hour on Monday night.

Officials with the utility company say the storm struck around 5:30 p.m. Crews were able to restore power to the affected homes and businesses within an hour of the outage.

Strong thunderstorms were spotted earlier Monday in San Tan Valley, southeast of Queen Creek.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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