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Flooded streets bring high water rescue in Phoenix

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A surge of moist air driven by the 2014 monsoon touched off a new round of storm alerts for Phoenix and surrounding areas late Monday afternoon.  

Firefighters had to pull a woman out of a car after it was nearly swept away in a flash flood at 12th Street and Hatcher.

The driver, Georgia Arneson, told CBS 5 News that there was barely any water on the road when she started to make her way through this area.

In just a matter of seconds that changed when the heavy rain caused a pile of debris to break loose, unleashing a foot and a half of water to flood the roadway.

Arneson said she was scared for her life but had the wits about her to call 911. She was trapped inside her stalled out car for about 10 minutes as firefighters desperately tried to reach her.

"They threw me a rope first of all," she said. "I tied it on to the steering wheel."

Firefighters gave her instructions on what to do next. Besides getting wet, Arneson is OK.

Central Maricopa County was under a severe thunderstorm warning until 7:30 p.m.  It included the cities of Phoenix, Glendale, Surprise, Sun City, Peoria and Paradise Valley.

Shortly past 6:30 p.m., radar detected a storm near Piestewa Peak Park capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. 

Other locations in the storm's path included Metro Center and Deer Valley.

[SLIDESHOW: Pop-up storms bring sheets of rain]

"Gusty outflow winds are causing these storms to flare-up rather quickly," CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn said.

Arizona Public Service said 3,600 customers were without power in central Phoenix. The boundaries were from Cactus south to the Arizona Canal and from Central Avenue west to 19th Avenue.

A small stream flood advisory was in effect until 7:45 p.m. for south central Yavapai County. Radar indicated very heavy rain - between 1 and 3 inches - had fallen over Crown King and the extreme southern edge of the old Gladiator burn scar.

"The monsoon comes in surges, and we're in the middle of a moist air surge," Dunn said. "That surge will retreat again Wednesday as the weather pattern across the country shifts a bit."

That shift will bring drier air in all levels of the atmosphere into Arizona, Dunn said.

"The drying trend will last through the end of the week and into the weekend with another potential surge pushing back in on Sunday or Monday of next week," he added.

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