It started with an amazing lightening show across the entire valley ("The Valley" is how Phoenix and all of its many surrouding cities are referred to). Above our home, the skies were clear and stars were shining, but in the distance it was the most amazing display of lightening I've ever seen.
As the multiple storms passed through, TV shows were constantly interrupted with weather reports and warnings. We heard of hurricane-force winds, sometimes reaching 100 mph. They would show a map of lightening strikes, "Chandler has had 800+ lightening strikes in the past five minutes."
Here's part of the story from local news:
Unusually powerful thunderstorms ripped across the Valley on Thursday night, bringing heavy rain and winds reaching 100 mph that broke the windows of a condominium, shutdown two runways at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and downed hundreds of trees, leaving at least one child seriously injured.
Most of the damage appeared to be concentrated in central Phoenix and Tempe, but the storms' violence hit all parts of the Valley.
The storm dumped almost an inch in parts of Mesa, while almost two inches fell near Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. The heavy rains flooded numerous streets across the Valley.
Nearly 40,000 homes across the Valley remain without power Friday morning as utility crews try to get electricity restored.
Scattered debris forced the closure of Sky Harbor north and central runways. By around 7:30 a.m., only the central runway was closed. Street sweepers were working to clear the runway, and the airport had reported no major delays for travelers Friday morning.
Downed traffic lights throughout the Phoenix metro area have forced several road closures, including 40th Street between Cactus Road and Shea Boulevard.
Eventually what was left of the storm made it to our house. We were awake for some of it, asleep for the rest. We lost power briefly and the cessation of the white noise in Christian's room woke him up and we had one heck of a time getting back to sleep - all of us.
You'd think it would have led to Christian taking super-long naps today.
No such luck. Mommy sure does need a nap, though.