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Monsoon brings microburst to Sun Lakes

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Dust storm heads toward Casa Grande Tuesday night. (Source: Rebecca Thomas, cbs5az.com) Dust storm heads toward Casa Grande Tuesday night. (Source: Rebecca Thomas, cbs5az.com)
A vehicle got stuck in a wash in Quartzsite during the flash flooding. (Source: Quartzsite Fire Department) A vehicle got stuck in a wash in Quartzsite during the flash flooding. (Source: Quartzsite Fire Department)
Tuesday evening's dust storm tore through Coolidge southeast of Phoenix in Pinal County. (Source: Mark Bagley) Tuesday evening's dust storm tore through Coolidge southeast of Phoenix in Pinal County. (Source: Mark Bagley)
Damage from heavy rains seen in Quartzsite. (Source: Quartzsite Fire Department) Damage from heavy rains seen in Quartzsite. (Source: Quartzsite Fire Department)
Quarter-inch hail fell in some Flagstaff neighborhoods. (Source: FLAGscanner) Quarter-inch hail fell in some Flagstaff neighborhoods. (Source: FLAGscanner)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A series of summer storms played havoc with a number of Arizona communities late Tuesday, including Sun Lakes where a microburst was confirmed.

The National Weather Service said the microburst hit Sun Lakes about 11:30 p.m.

In Phoenix, the storm knocked out power Tuesday evening at all traffic lights at the Cave Creek, Seventh Street and Dunlap Road intersection throughout the night, but power was restored about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday for the morning commute.

Cleanup began around a number of areas in the West Valley early Wednesday. Trees were down at Cottonwood Country Club in Sun Lakes near Riggs and Dobson roads.

Trees were also down and one hit a house in Sun City. The awning of a trailer and other debris laid in the driveway of another residence

Scattered showers fell in the East Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix late Tuesday, and some wind damage was reported.

Showers and some storms lingered around the state Wednesday morning. Dew points in the Phoenix area were in the high 60s, indicating heavy moisture in the air.

The late-day monsoon sparked a dust storm warning for Pinal County until 10 p.m. Tuesday and threatened residents in the southeast Valley.

Skies were expected to be mostly cloudy throughout Wednesday with highs reaching 102 degrees.

The warning affected residents in Casa Grande, Coolidge, San Tan Valley and Maricopa, as well as the Interstate 8 and Interstate 10 corridors.

More than 2 inches of rain fell in Flagstaff and quarter-inch hail blanketed the city in a very winterlike scene.

Around 8 p.m., a wall of dust moved across Casa Grande, setting its sights on the southeast Valley.

Visibilities were less than 1/4 mile. CBS 5 News received one report of visibility less than 50 feet.

Sun Lakes, Tempe and Chandler were among the cities that braced for the arrival of the storm.  

CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn said another storm cell generating rain was centered in the West Valley.

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported a rockslide has closed the Interstate 40 frontage road between Mile Marker 47 and 48. I 40 was not impacted by the slide.

In Quartzsite, there was damage from a separate storm that dumped more than 2 inches of rain and cut power to parts of the town.

The same basic pattern will remain in place through the rest of the week, with varying amounts of clouds and storm coverage. Day by day, CBS 5 will follow all the action, and you can always track the storms with interactive radar.

In northern Arizona, mopup is underway after 2 inches of rain fell on east Flagstaff along with a quarter-inch of hail.

The thunderstorm that hit late Tuesday afternoon left some street flooding in east Flagstaff below Mount Elden and in Timberline.

At least 30 homes reported flooding and nine families were displaced, according to the Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter.

City crews used sledgehammers to knock holes in a brick wall to release water in an adjacent drainage.

The fire department sent crews from all seven fire stations to work the flooding and recalled off-duty firefighters to respond to other emergency calls.

However, west Flagstaff remained dry.

A small stream flood advisory was issued for the Doney Park and Timberline area where heavy rain fell.

Authorities said there have been no reported injuries.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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