Drive safe in a summer monsoon storm

Flash floodwaters can rise quickly and without warning. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Summer thunderstorms bring excitement and much-needed rainfall during the southwest’s monsoon season. But the torrential downpours, lightning and potential flooding can present very real dangers to drivers traversing affected highways and interstates.The typical monsoon season runs from June through September. Although much of the region is known for having an arid climate, the monsoon season can produce heavy rain, lightning, possible hail, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms and extreme heat and humidity.The Arizona Department of Transportation urges drivers to be prepared for these summer storms and offers safety tips for residents throughout the southwest.Expect the unexpected, ADOT advises. Have extra supplies, including a fully charged cellphone, drinking water and
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