By Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A storm system brought a tornado and hail to northern Arizona on Sunday, with flash flooding closing a portion of the U.S. 89A with mud and debris.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1L1orH5) winds reached up to 70 miles per hour Sunday afternoon about 30 miles north of Flagstaff. Meteorologist Mark Stubblefield says the tornado showed up on radar after 2 p.m. and was heading toward the 89A.

Transportation officials are working to clear mud and boulders from the 24-mile section of highway between mileposts 531 and 555. ADOT spokeswoman Caroline Carpenter says it’s unknown when the blocked portion of the highway will reopen.

Stubblefield says tornados in Arizona are rare, but not unheard of.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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