Thunderstorm brings rain and blowing dust to Phoenix area; Tonopah gets nearly an inch of rain


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PHOENIX — The wetter-than-normal monsoon season continues in Arizona.

A thunderstorm brought rain, gusty winds and blowing dust to Phoenix and some surrounding areas Thursday night.

The National Weather Service says nearly one inch of rain fell out near Tonopah.

Heavy rain and gusty winds hit Phoenix around 7:30 p.m. and the metro area was under a blowing dust advisory until 9 p.m.

There were no immediate reports of any damage.

Maricopa County received rainfall on seven of eight consecutive days between Aug. 12-19.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday requested federal disaster assistance for Arizona's most populous county in the wake of last month's flash floods in the towns of New River and Laveen.

Meteorologists say New River received 6.85 inches of rain while Laveen got 3.97 inches.

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