(NEWSER) – Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during this morning's commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. The National Weather Service recorded 2.99 inches of rain by about 7am, breaking the old record of 2.91 inches set in 1933.
This morning's rainfall also eclipsed Phoenix's average total rainfall of 2.71 inches for the city's entire summer rainy season. A flash flood warning was issued for most of the Phoenix area and its outskirts through late this morning because of heavy thunderstorms and showers; flash flood watches cover most of the rest of Arizona.
PHOTOS: Phoenix Under Water
Sections of the major commuter freeways Interstate 10 and 17 in West Phoenix were closed during the commute. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has declared a state of emergency, reports KTAR.
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