PHOENIX — Severe weather brought heavy rain, thunder, lightning and strong winds to the Valley early Monday morning. Widespread flooding caused Gov. Jan Brewer is declare “a statewide emergency for areas impacted by today’s severe rainfall and flooding.”
In addition, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton declared a state of emergency for the city, activating the Emergency Operations Center.
“We are seeing a historic amount of rain and significant flooding, and I’m proud of how quickly the city responded to keep our residents safe and up to date on what’s happening,” Stanton said. “Our emergency management team will work around the clock to monitor the situation and deploy the necessary resources to areas of our community hit the hardest.”
The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning that was in effect until 4:45 a.m. The agency later extended it to 6:30 a.m., and then again until 10:30 a.m. The NWS finally canceled that warning shortly before it was set to expire.
Gov. Brewer has declared a statewide emergency for areas impacted by severe rainfall and flooding on Monday.
Rain gauges across the Phoenix area indicated as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain has fallen in some areas.
The official rainfall total at Sky Harbor International Airport was more than 3 inches and increasing at 9 a.m., shattering the old daily record of 1.33 inches. That is an all-time record for rain in a single day at Sky Harbor.
“We’re looking at a historic day of flooding out there,” 3TV meteorologist April Warnecke said.
Not much rain in Prescott today (yet?), light rain and lots of heavy cloud cover. We had a short, wet storm yesterday with some street flooding. Of course most of Arizona is downhill from Prescott. http://www.prescottaz.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=135880&TM=57778.34
Typical April in Prescott, Az: Snow, hail, rain, high winds one day; Sunny and warm the next.
We got went to the Yavapai Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals this morning. Gary volunteered to photograph the event. It was raining a little, then the wind came up and it changed to snow mixed with rain. When some of the vendors tents and literature blew away they decided to cancel the event. I’ll post some of Gary’s photos later on.