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Storms knock out power, strand residents in Phoenix

Update: August, 20/2014 - 11:00

LOS ANGELES — Heavy rains lashed the normally dry Phoenix area in the southwestern United States on Tuesday, triggering flash floods, leaving thousands of people without power and stranding others on roof tops.

The National Weather Service issued a warning for flash floods, saying there was the threat of further "very heavy rainfall" and thunderstorms.

A major highway, Interstate 17, was temporarily closed, officials said, with many other streets or major roads rendered impassable because of flooding and mudslides.

The Arizona state website warned that "the rain is expected to continue for the next few days."

About 3,000 people were without power in the region, it said, while US media showed footage of firefighters landing on the roof of one house to dramatically rescue two women stranded by fast-flowing torrents of water. — AFP

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