Landspout tornado confirmed south of downtown Phoenix

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    The strong monsoon storms that downed trees and power poles and flooded streets in the Valley late Thursday afternoon brought one more surprise — a tornado.

    The tornado formed in the skies just south of downtown Phoenix by gusts of wind going 40 miles per hour about 5 p.m., said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

    The NWS tweeted images of the tornado shared with the agency via social media along with a radar screenshot confirming what it described as a "brief'' landspout tornado over an area southwest of the Interstate 17 and 10 freeway split south of downtown Phoenix.

    It was the first reported tornado in the Phoenix area since Oct. 6, 2015, when one was cited over Goodyear, according to NWS.

    The tornado did not cause any damage or injury.
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