Storm Around Phoenix Causing Power Outages, Traffic Nightmares

Jim Sampson walks from his car that was caught in floodwaters on Interstate 10. KPHO

(SOURCE)   Welcome to Phoenix, where a few inches of rain have pretty much turned the city into Atlantis.

Rainfall records are on pace to be broken, schools have canceled classes, power outages are being reported, and cars are floating in the middle of the interstate.

According to the National Weather Service, this is one of the wettest days ever recorded in Phoenix. As of 7 a.m., 2.83 inches of rain had been recorded at Sky Harbor airport. The one-day record is 2.91 inches, set in 1939.

APS is reporting that 10,000 people are without power.

Photo: Cars submerged on flooded Interstate 10 in Phoenix – @abc15

Between crashes and flooding, it’s going to be hard to get anywhere around Phoenix today.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is reporting flooding on U.S. 60 in both directions at State Route 87, a crash has been reported on Loop 202 at Scottsdale Road affecting traffic in both directions, and there are cars underwater on Interstate 10 around 43rd Avenue.

The latest Phoenix street closures can be found on the Street Transportation Department’s Twitter feed, and on Twitter feeds of transportation departments in other cities.

It’s chaos out there.

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