PHOENIX – Large hail fell across parts of Arizona as severe thunderstorms moved through the state Tuesday, including within just miles of Phoenix.
According to the National Weather Service, hail as large as 1 inch in diameter was reported just south of downtown Phoenix. However, radar estimates showed hail at least 2 inches in diameter was falling between Gila Bend and Phoenix as the storm approached the city.
Tuesday’s storms came on the 11th anniversary of what the NWS in Phoenix called the state’s costliest weather disaster. On Oct. 5, 2010, hailstones larger than tennis balls fell across the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
According to the NWS, two of the largest hailstones ever recorded in Arizona fell during that storm. The hailstorm caused $2.7 billion in damage.
The storms Tuesday caused very little damage in the Phoenix area. A time-lapse video released by the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport showed the storms moving through the area.
FOX 10 reported flooding rains covered State Road 188 near Roosevelt Lake in mud and gravel, forcing authorities to close the highway for several hours.
About 17,000 customers lost power at the height of the storm, according to FOX 10.