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Posted: Monday, August 1, 2011 8:30 am | Updated: 6:27 pm, Wed Nov 26, 2014.

PHOENIX (AP) - Monsoon storms rolled through parts of central Arizona on Sunday, knocking down power lines, damaging homes and dropping more than an inch of rain in some parts.

The storms began in the Casa Grande area around 5 p.m. before picking up in southeastern metro Phoenix and moving to central and north Phoenix, National Weather Service meteorologist Austin Jamison said on Monday.

The storms brought sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts of up to 65 mph, he said.

Northeast Mesa saw the most rain, with 1.6 inches. Queen Creek had 1.1 inches of rain and the Casa Grande area got an inch.

"It was just a good monsoon storm," Jamison said.

The National Weather Service received reports of damaged roofs and downed trees.

The storm also knocked down more than a dozen power poles across the Phoenix metro area, with nearly 17,000 homes losing electricity.

Spokesmen for Arizona's two utility companies said that most people's power was restored overnight but that 1,900 homes still didn't have electricity Monday morning.

Both Arizona Public Services and Salt River Project said the remaining customers without power should get their electricity restored by the end of the day Monday.

There was a 25 percent chance of monsoon storms Monday and a very small chance Tuesday, Jamison said. It will be hot and sunny again by Wednesday, he said.


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