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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 9:24 pm | Updated: 1:29 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

Storms hit hard in parts of the East Valley, causing flooding and downing power lines in Ahwatukee and Tempe, and dropping serious rain across the greater Phoenix area.

The West Valley got hit hard too with severe storms producing damaging winds and very heavy rain through the Buckeye area.

Storms continue to hit areas hard as they move through northwest Maricopa county.

Strong storms are also still hitting the high country with storms along I-40 producing areas of heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds.

All of these storms developed thanks to some daytime heating that destabilized our atmosphere and combined with all of the moisture we had in place from Ivo which continues to decay off the coast of Baja California.

We could still see some light showers, or an isolated storm, track through the Valley overnight. However, our chances for more widespread rain or storms are limited since the atmosphere has been worked over by the storms that moved through this evening.

Slightly drier air is trying to work its way into our state from the east and this will drop our storm chances a bit for Tuesday. While there will still be enough moisture in place to potentially get a couple isolated showers or storms going by the afternoon, our chances of seeing them in the Valley will be a little less than today. We'll keep just a 10 percent chance for an isolated storm to drift into the Valley Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday's temperatures will manage to get a bit warmer thanks to the slightly drier air. Plan on highs to top out around average, near 105.

By Wednesday we'll start to see the monsoon moisture gradually increase again. This will bring back the threat for afternoon scattered showers and storms, especially across the higher elevations in our state. A few storms could develop closer to the Valley as well.

Weather models indicate that by Thursday and Friday our moisture and rain chances will ramp up even more thanks to remnants from Tropical Storm Fernand moving toward our state. There's a chance we could see more widespread storm activity across the state by the end of the week.

With storm chances returning back to the forecast from the middle to later parts of the week, high temperatures will drop into the mid to upper 90s heading into the weekend.

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