- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) - Phoenix-area suburbs are in cleanup mode a day after widespread monsoon thunderstorms left thousands without power and, as a result, no air conditioning in scorching temperatures.

Arizona Public Service spokesman Steven Gottfried says about 4,500 customers remained without electricity Saturday afternoon.

According to Gottfried, 26,000 customers across the state were without power at one point because of storms in Yuma, Gila Bend and metro Phoenix.

The Salt River Project reported 20,000 customers with no service around Phoenix. Most have since regained power.

Outage reports began coming in around 8 p.m. Friday.



In Buckeye, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter and hydration station at Buckeye Union High School.

City public works director Scott Lowe says the Buckeye Airport has reopened after being closed by runaway debris and an outage.

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