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NWS: Microbursts hit 3 Valley communities

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PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

Microbursts were being blamed for a great amount of damage in three Valley communities Monday evening.

The National Weather Service confirmed microbursts in Litchfield Park, north Chandler and south Tempe, pushing winds to as high as 60 mph, toppling some trees and power lines and leaving nearly 30,000 customers powerless.

Cleanup began in earnest Tuesday after a dust storm rolled through the Greater Phoenix area during the dinner hour Monday.

 

Arizona Public Service reported power restored to all but about 40 customers in Gila Bend and Salt River Project reported about 100 customers scattered throughout the area were powerless early Tuesday.

 

Winds clocked at about 60 mph downed power lines, mainly near Kyrene and Elliot roads in Tempe. Trees fell on mobile homes at Chaparral Mobile Home Park, and cars in a south Tempe neighborhood, and many homes had twisted porches or roofs.

Tempe received about a half-inch of rain, said CBS 5 meteorologist Katie Baker.

Other areas of the Valley, such as Mesa and Scottsdale received either no rain or just a trace, while Buckeye received almost half-an-inch.

Arizona Public Service said around 13,000 customers in Phoenix were without power as of 8 p.m. Monday.

Salt River Project reported power interruptions for around 16,000 of its customers.

The right lanes of U.S. Highway 60 at Mill Avenue in Tempe were flooded, both eastbound and westbound, the Arizona Department of Transportation said. 

State Route 238 east of Gila Bend was closed due to flash flooding. 

Sky Harbor was also under an airport weather warning for strong, gusty winds.

A 62 mph wind gust was reported in south Chandler, along with one-fourth-inch hail, said CBS 5 chief meteorologist Chris Dunn. Buckeye recorded a 68 mph wind gust, Dunn added.

Sky Harbor International Airport reported receiving 0.33 of an inch of rain from the storm, Dunn said.

The storm came up from the south after blanketing parts of Pinal County.

A flash flood warning was in effect for west central Coconino County until 11:30 p.m.

Bridges were in danger of being washed out in Supai Campground, authorities warned. Some campsites were expected to be flooded, and campers could be stranded.

Homes, property and roadways near Havasu Creek in Supai Village were anticipating flooding, the National Weather Service said. Much of Supai Campground will likely be inundated.

Tuesday through the end of the week will feature a more typical pattern of isolated showers and storms over the mountains, possibly drifting over some desert locations, but the chances of thunderstorms will increase by Thursday, Baker said.

An easterly front with remnant moisture from tropical storm Fernand in the Gulf of Mexico will should sweep across Arizona, Baker said. The chance of rain and higher humidity increases while daytime temperatures will go back down, possibly below 100 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Mohave Daily News reported that rain in the Bullhead City area closed several roads Sunday as runoff deposited mud, rocks and debris in low-lying areas.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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