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Line of thunderstorms drop up to an inch of rain on some parts of Phoenix metropolitan area


PHOENIX — A line of thunderstorms dropped up to an inch of rain on parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area Tuesday and flooded roads on the Navajo Nation east of Flagstaff.

Volunteers were working to help families in the community of Leupp after heavy rains caused muddy, flooded roads, Officials with the Northern Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross said.

Families from five homes were unable to return to their houses for the next 24 to 48 hours because of the road conditions and were going to be housed in shelters until then, according to Red Cross officials.

Several cities west and south of Phoenix were hit hard by the storms that also brought hail and strong winds, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County reported some rain gauges hitting as high as 1.3 inches of rain by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

In Goodyear, police say roads around the city were flooded in low-lying spots.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport reported departure delays between 30 and 45 minutes at one point Tuesday afternoon because of lightning in the area.

The storm was associated with a low-pressure system that was centered over Southern California on Monday and moved into Arizona.

A storm Monday dropped more than an inch of rain on parts of Flagstaff and left a dusting of snow atop the San Francisco Peaks and the Snowbowl ski resort.

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