Storm affects Loop 303 traffic; lightning dazzles W. Valley sky
CBS 5 News viewer Keith Side sent us this photo of a roaming storm Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Keith Seidel)
An ADOT camera caught a dazzling lightning display in the West Valley Wednesday night. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The effects of a storm front that rolled through the Valley on Wednesday continued to be felt Thursday morning.
The Loop 303 between Interstate 10 and Thomas Road was closed overnight because of flooding, and access to the loop remained restricted early Thursday morning, according to an Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman.
Bethany Home Road is closed at Loop 303 because of water and mud and that closure was expected to last through the morning, the spokesman said.
Traffic could not enter or exit Loop 303 at Glendale Avenue, and traffic on Glendale Avenue was unable to continue across Loop 303. There was no estimated time when access would be restored, the spokesman said.
A lightning show dazzled the Wednesday evening skies, especially in the West Valley.
Buckeye received 1.38 inches of rain and 1.02 inches fell in Smithfield Park. Up to 1 inch fell in 30 minutes in portions of Goodyear and Avondale as the remnants of some tropical disturbances made their presence known.
Arizona Public Service said 3,000 customers in the Surprise and Goodyear areas lost power Wednesday night. Damon Gross of APS said service had been restored to all but 300 customers by midnight and that all but three customers had power Thursday morning.
Crews continued to work on downed power poles and lines, Gross said.
Salt River Project reported power was out for 200 customers in the West Valley during the evening, but no outages were showing on the company's outage map Thursday morning.
A storm report from the National Weather Service said seven to eight 60-foot tall Eucalyptus trees were blown down two miles north-northwest of Waddell.
A weather spotter in Goodyear said 1/2 inch of rain fell in 15 minutes in Goodyear.
No rain was reported at the Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport station.
There was another report of 2 inches of rain in one hour four miles west-northwest of Luke Air Force Base. Luke reported a 38-mph wind gust.
Earlier in the evening, a strong isolated thunderstorm developed with 50-mph winds near Phoenix. Some of the areas impacted included Deer Valley Airport, Glendale, Peoria and the Arrowhead Mall.
The chance of storms will continue to increase Thursday. An easterly wave moves up from Mexico, sweeping in some remnant moisture from former tropical storm Fernando (Gulf of Mexico) and a new tropical storm, Juliet, which formed Wednesday afternoon 100 miles or so south of Cabot San Lucas, Mexico, CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn said.
Heavy rainfall causing localized flooding, and gusty winds will be possible with the stronger storms.
A few stronger storms with heavy rain are also possible on Friday, especially if the area gets some sun breaks to heat up the land and get that air rising.
Lingering moisture into the weekend will give the Phoenix area a more typical late-August chance of late-day showers and thunderstorms with temperatures a little closer to normal, just above 100 degrees.
For Labor Day Monday: Partly cloudy with a high of 101 degrees.
Cleanup from the last round of storms that hit Monday continues in some parts of the Valley.
Friendship Park in Avondale remains closed due to damage sustained from high winds and downed trees. The closure will likely remain in effect until Sept. 13.
Many large and healthy trees were snapped in half or uprooted. A majority of the trees were toppled by the storm, damaging park structures, and downing light poles in the park, said city of Avondale spokeswoman Ingrid Melle.
Friendship Park is located at 12325 W. McDowell Rd.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.
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