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Tornado warning expires for Cave Creek, New River areas

Posted at 12:40 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 17:21:37-04

Officials on Monday issued a tornado warning for northeastern parts of the Valley, which has since expired. Potentially dangerous storms are still expected in the area.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service just after noon on Monday. The warning was in effect until 12:45 p.m. and was not extended, according to the NWS.

Affected areas included Cave Creek, Carefree, and Camp Creek. It was recommended that individuals in the affected areas stay indoors during the warning.

Severe weather is still expected in the area and across the state Monday, with possible heavy rain, hail, and strong winds.

Although the warning has expired, the National Weather Service says that there is still a chance for an isolated tornado.

Officials recommend to take caution during these storms.

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A tornado may not be visible, but winds can still be very strong and can cause damages during tornado warnings.

Check radar for the latest weather information.

While we may not see them as often as other parts of the country, tornadoes are possible -- and do happen -- in Arizona.

In fact, the state averages about four tornadoes each year, according to a graphic made by the National Weather Service in Phoenix, using data from the Storm Prediction Center.

According to that graphic, 247 tornadoes, ranging from EF-0 to EF-3, have been recorded between 1950 - 2017.

The top three years for tornado activity are 1972 (16 tornadoes), 1992 (14 tornadoes), and 2010 (12 tornadoes).