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Arizona Battles Heavy Rain and Power Outages

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Image: A telephone pole fell on a car after a strong storm moved through Phoenix.
A telephone pole fell on a car after a strong storm moved through Phoenix.12 News Phoenix

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Thousands of Arizona residents were left without power and road visibility Saturday due to heavy thunderstorms soaking the state. The Phoenix Fire Department reported that crews were dealing with more than 70 weather-related emergency calls, including traffic accidents and downed power lines and trees. More than 37,000 Arizona Public Service customers, the largest electric utility in the state, were still without power on Saturday night, according to spokeswoman Jenna Shaver. The Salt River Project, another Arizona power utility reported roughly 31,000 residents without power.

Weather experts warned of possible localized flooding, wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and hail as large as a quarter. Flash flood advisories were in effect for the western and eastern counties of the state. Takeoffs and landings were halted at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport from 2:30 - 3:30 Saturday afternoon due to winds and heavy rain, with wind causing some roof damage to an airport terminal. More than 40 flights on their way to Phoenix were diverted to other airports. Flights are now taking off and landing on time.

Image: A telephone pole fell on a car after a strong storm moved through Phoenix.
A telephone pole fell on a car after a strong storm moved through Phoenix.12 News Phoenix

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