The Latest: Phoenix area kept under flood warning

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Posted: Aug 05, 2016 3:47 PM
The Latest: Phoenix area kept under flood warning

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on rainfall Friday in the Phoenix area (all times local):

11:59 a.m.

Authorities are keeping the Phoenix area under a flood warning after monsoon thunderstorms swamped low-lying streets, knocked out power to thousands of customers and delayed airline flights.

Flood watches and warnings that include the metro area had been set to expire late Friday morning as rain slackened, but the National Weather Service at midday issued a warning through mid-afternoon.

Nearly 18,000 customers of Arizona Public Service were without power at one point during the morning. That number dropped to 13,000 by midday as crews worked to restore service.

Rain slowed traffic during the morning commute's tail end, and firefighters rescued motorists from several vehicles stalled in washes or other areas with standing or flowing water.

Flights departing and arriving at Sky Harbor International Airport were delayed, and airport spokeswoman Heather Lissner said three flights were diverted to other airports during the peak of the morning's storm activity.

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10:20 a.m.

Thunderstorms that swept across the Phoenix area Friday morning delayed flights and resulted in three jetliners being diverted to other airports.

Sky Harbor International Airport spokeswoman Heather Lissner says the storms held up takeoffs, and landings were delayed by 15 to 20 minutes. She advised departing travelers to check their flights' status before going to the airport.

Storm runoff caused street flooding in north Phoenix and Scottsdale and slowed traffic across the metro area during the tail end of the morning commute.

News video showed street flooding, including one location in north Phoenix where an apparently unoccupied car was pushed up against a guardrail in rushing water on the side of a street.

The Arizona Public Service Co. reported that more than 17,000 customers lost power due to weather-related outages.

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9:55 a.m.

Arizona Public Service Co. says at least 4,000 customers in Scottsdale have lost power due to outages related to thunderstorms that dumped heavy rain on parts of the metro area.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Maricopa County through 11:15 a.m. and said flooding from runoff is occurring or expected in Scottsdale, north Phoenix, Cave Creek and Carefree.

The rain slowed traffic during the tail end of the Friday morning commute and pooled water on some roadways.

News video showed street flooding, including one location in north Phoenix where an apparently unoccupied car was pushed up against a guardrail in rushing water on the side of a street.

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9:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service warns that flash flooding is expected in the Scottsdale area of metro Phoenix.

A flash flood warning issued at 9:20 a.m. Friday includes Scottsdale, north Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Carefree. The warning is in effect until 11 a.m.

Intermittent heavy rain in the metro area has slowed traffic and pooled water on some roadways.

News video showed street flooding, including one location in north Phoenix where a car was pushed up against a guardrail in rushing water on the side of a local street.

The state Department of Transportation said in a Twitter post that motorists should avoid an Interstate 17 off-ramp in Phoenix because several cars were stalled by standing water.

A Sky Harbor International Airport spokeswoman says the airport's flight operations haven't been disrupted by the rain.

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9:15 a.m.

A flash flood advisory is in effect in the Phoenix area where rain slowed traffic during the tail end of the Friday morning commute.

The National Weather Service says the advisory will be in effect until 11 a.m. and that radar and rain gauges indicate that runoff from thunderstorms will cause running water in washes and pooling of water in low spots.

The state Department of Transportation said in a Twitter post that motorists should avoid an Interstate 17 off-ramp in Phoenix because several cars were stalled by standing water.

A Sky Harbor International Airport spokeswoman says the airport's flight operations haven't been disrupted by the rain.