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Sky Harbor Airport delays as storms sweep across Maricopa County

A rainy, often loud storm pounded metro Phoenix Thursday afternoon, darkening skies and prompting a thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service.

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms developed in metro Phoenix before noon Thursday as the storm system moved into the Phoenix area, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Whittock.

As of 2 p.m., flights departing from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were being delayed by an average of 30 minutes due to thunderstorms, according to the Federal Aviation Association. The delays could have been even higher. Just before 3 p.m., three flights were canceled, two were diverted, and 112 were delayed.

There were reports of pea-sized hail across the valley. Whittock said most of the lightning was concentrated south of downtown Phoenix around 1:30 p.m.

Flood advisories have been issued for parts of the central, western and southern valleys as heavy rain continues.

Conditions are becoming increasingly favorable for further thunderstorms. Some storms may strengthen.

Pea-sized hail is possible, along with wind gusts exceeding 30 mph.

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