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Tue, June 18

Weather Service warns of potential for flooding

A line of powerful thunderstorms swept across the Prescott region Thursday, producing heavy rainfall and prompting the National Weather Service to warn residents about potential flooding this weekend because of the possibility of more rain.

The Weather Service is forecasting a 40-percent chance of thunderstorms in the Yavapai County mountains today through Sunday, then a 30-percent chance Monday and Tuesday, and a 20-percent chance Wednesday and Thursday.

This past Thursday's storms produced heavy lightning that struck at least two homes in Prescott and sparked fires.

The Weather Service reported quarter-sized hail and winds gusting to 60 mph in the Iron Springs area of west Prescott; quarter-sized hail with as much as 5 inches of rain in the Walnut Grove area southeast of Wilhoit; nickel-sized hail and winds gusting to 60 mph in the Ponderosa Park subdivision just south of Prescott and another area seven miles south of Camp Verde.

The Weather Service also reported as much as 3 inches of rain over the newly burned Lane 2 wildfire area near Crown King, about 20 miles south of Prescott.

Prescott National Forest officials did not receive reports of any unusual flooding problems in the burned area by Friday.

The Weather Service reported rainfall totals of 1-2 inches Thursday in an area stretching north to Chino Valley, east to Walker, south to Yarnell and west to Yava.

The Sundog measuring site on the northeast side of Prescott recorded 1.05 inches of rain in the 24 hours ending at 5 a.m. Friday. The Prescott airport recorded 0.54 inches and Bagdad measured 0.63 inches.

Contact the reporter at jdodder@prescottaz.com

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