August 10, 2015

Flash Flood, Mudslide Close Northern Arizona Highway

State Route 89A shut down 30 miles north of Flagstaff after rare tornado, heavy rain hit area.

State Highway 89A mudslide spotlight Arizona Highway 89A north of Flagstaff closed by mudslide Aug. 9, 2015.
AZ Department of Transportation

A storm system brought a tornado and hail to northern Arizona on Sunday, with flash flooding closing a portion of the U.S. 89A with mud and debris.

The Arizona Republic reported Monday that winds reached up to 70 mph Sunday afternoon about 30 miles north of Flagstaff. Meteorologist Mark Stubblefield said the tornado showed up on radar after 2 p.m. and was heading toward the 89A.

Transportation crews were working Monday to clear mud and boulders from the 24-mile section of highway between mileposts 531 and 555. ADOT spokeswoman Caroline Carpenter said it was unknown when the blocked portion of the highway will be reopened.

Stubblefield said tornados in Arizona are rare, but not unheard of.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona