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Loop 101 open again after downed cable line is raised

A roof collapsed at Running Brooks apartments Friday night. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) A roof collapsed at Running Brooks apartments Friday night. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
Powerful winds snapped trees in half near Rio Salado and Dobson Sunday evening. (Source: Allyson Blair, cbs5az.com) Powerful winds snapped trees in half near Rio Salado and Dobson Sunday evening. (Source: Allyson Blair, cbs5az.com)
The Phoenix area saw pockets of heavy rain as the weekend came to a close on Sunday. (Source: CBS 5 News) The Phoenix area saw pockets of heavy rain as the weekend came to a close on Sunday. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The roof collapse forced two families from their apartments. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) The roof collapse forced two families from their apartments. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
No one was hurt. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) No one was hurt. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Traffic was flowing again on the Loop 101 Price Freeway in the East Valley after a downed cable line fell across the lanes Sunday, forcing traffic to a standstill for hours.

The freeway in both directions reopened about 3 a.m. Monday as crews from Cox Communications raised the line for repair, but frontage roads along Loop 101 remained closed between University Drive Rio Salado Parkway, an Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman said.

Frontage roads and ramps between University Drive and Rio Salado Parkway were reopened about 10:15 a.m., the spokesman said.

On Sunday, the atmosphere juiced up again for a second straight day to deliver more numerous showers and thunderstorms than a monsoon weekend would typically provide, CBS 5 meteorologists said.

A severe thunderstorm warning for central Marco County expired before 7 p.m., said CBS 5 Meteorologist Steve Garry. Pawtucket, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills and Chandler experienced pockets of heavy rain.  

Meteorologists said they detected a severe thunderstorm near Tempe over the dinner hour capable of producing dime-size hail and winds in excess of 60 mph.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said downed power lines shut down northbound and southbound Loop 101 Price Freeway at University Drive. Traffic was at a standstill for hours between Loop 202 Red Mountain and Southern Avenue, the Arizona Department of Transportation said. 

ADOT cameras showed many motorists climbing out of their cars and milling around.

Around 5 p.m. Sunday in the West Valley, Arizona Public Service said 1,184 customers were without out power in the Buckeye area. The boundaries stretched from Rosier to Southern and Watson to Miller.

A flash flood warning was issued Sunday for Vicksburg until 7 p.m., CBS 5 Meteorologist Steve Garry said.

The burst of renewed stormy activity came two days after a round of turbulence that led to a roof collapse at a Phoenix apartment complex Friday night.

The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is helping at least two affected families at the Running Brooks apartments near Cave Creek and Green Way roads. No one was hurt.

By late Sunday afternoon, strong, isolated thunderstorms also dropped areas of heavy rain in such places as Goodyear, Mesa and Tempe. 

An upper-level low pressure system moving up the northwest coast of Mexico has been moving through Arizona and Southern California this weekend, triggering the showers and storms.

The monsoon is expected to simmer down Monday as the low pressure system drifts on to the east. Further drying is expected Tuesday into Thursday with storms chances retreating farther east. 

The National Weather Service in Phoenix released new statistics about July's heat and lack of significant rainfall.

The average high temperature in Phoenix last month was 107.1 degrees, making it the 15th warmest July on record. The normal average high is 106 degrees. The warmest average high in Phoenix for any July was 109.8 degrees in 1989.

The average low temperature for July was 85.9 degrees, making it the fifth warmest average low on record.

Phoenix set five record highs for the month and tied one other record. The hottest reading for the summer so far was 116 degrees July 24. 

July's precipitation logged in at 0.06 inches, which will go down as the sixth-driest July on record. The average precipitation for the month is 1.05 inches. The wettest July on record was in 1911 when 6.47 inches was recorded.

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