The Latest: Storm hits Phoenix area for 2nd time in 4 days

August 3, 2018 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a monsoon storm that hit parts of Arizona (all times local):

7 p.m.

A wall of dust has enveloped the Phoenix metro area in the second monsoon storm in a four-day span.

Officials at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport say flights are being delayed or held until visibility improves.

National Weather Service meteorologists say blowing dust in the Phoenix area brought near-zero visibility for drivers Thursday evening.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for areas including Maricopa and the Ak-Chin Indian Community south of Phoenix.

Strong storms lashed the Phoenix area on Monday night with electric utilities reporting more than 120,000 customers losing power.

Winds downed power lines, uprooted trees across the metro area and blew off part of a roof of a building at an apartment complex in Glendale.

Arizona’s monsoon season runs from mid-June to the end of September.


5:50 p.m.

Heavy rain has caused flash flooding in washes and creeks in the north-central Arizona town of Mayer.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say some residents in low-lying areas near Big Bug Creek and the Chimney Ranch trailer park along Highway 69 were told to evacuate Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologists say some areas of Mayer got nearly 2 inches of rain in a short span.

Sheriff’s officials say water was starting to recede by about 4:30 p.m. and a shelter has been set up at Mayer High School if needed.

Authorities say much of the affected spots are in the area of the burn scar left from a wildfire last year that forced an evacuation in Mayer.