A thunderstorm that dropped rain hard and fast over parts of the Phoenix area left city streets looking more like water channels on Monday night.
A line of strong thunderstorms developed south of the Valley Monday evening and turned severe as they roared through central Phoenix and the east Valley. The storms dumped over an inch of rain in less than an hour on some parts of town and caused power outages for about 55,000 people as of 9 p.m.
Hardest hit appears to have been the central Phoenix area where high winds snapped power poles and caused extensive power outages while heavy rains have caused flooding. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood advisory for an area that includes downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Sky Harbor Airport, Papago Park and Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus.