Chris Coppola, Raquel Baier and Perry Vandell Arizona Republic Published 10:38 PM EDT Jul 30, 2019 Heavy rains and high winds moved into the Phoenix area late Tuesday afternoon, marking the long-awaited arrival for the first major storm of the 2019 monsoon. The storm slowed rush-hour traffic on East Valley freeways, knocked out power and delayed some flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The downpours started in areas of the far East Valley near Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and Queen Creek, then in short order moved west, bringing a deluge to areas of Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert. By 6 p.m., the storm had moved through other areas of the Valley, including Scottsdale and Phoenix, where rain moved into downtown Phoenix after 6 p.m. The National Weather Service said areas of the West Valley, including Glendale and Peoria, were expected to see storm activity by 7 p.m. Heavy winds accompanied the rains, according to the National Weather Service, which earlier issued a flash-flood watch for the entire Phoenix area until 1 a.m. As of 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, central Mesa saw some of the most significant rainfall with up to 0.83 inches. Usery Mountain Park near northeast Mesa saw between 0.63 and 0.75 inches of rain,… Read full this story
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