Thunderstorms Hit Phoenix, Bringing Hail and Power Outages

Lindsay Walker
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PHOENIX — The Valley received some much-needed rain Monday, but it didn't come without some trouble.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in the morning, predicting high gusts of wind, plenty of rain and hail throughout Phoenix. The warning remained in effect until just before 3 p.m., around the time the storm began to slow. Damage to roofs and trees was expected.

Thousands of SRP customers reported outages in the aftermath. The weather even paused vaccination operations at State Farm Stadium for a time.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said it would honor missed appointments throughout the week.

The storm brought with it a cold front that dropped the temperature to 36 degrees, according to the NWS.

Just after 3:30 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration reported a ground stop at Sky Harbor International Airport, temporarily halting all flights.

A spokesperson for the FAA confirmed to Patch that the airport's air traffic tower had been temporarily evacuated due to a fire alarm. Flights heading to Phoenix were halted for about an hour. Controllers returned to the tower at about 3:40 p.m. It is unclear what caused the fire alarm to go off.

The NWS forecast shows a chance for more showers Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

2020 was the second hottest year ever recorded in Phoenix, with the city setting more than 30 heat records.

This article originally appeared on the Phoenix Patch