Parts of the Valley left with severe damage following overnight monsoon storm

Sunday night crews were still working to restore power to a portion of a north Phoenix neighborhood.

Many parts of the Valley were left with severe damage following the monsoon storm that passed through the Valley late Saturday night.

The National Weather Service confirmed a microburst hit near 40th Street and Greenway Road, causing large trees to uproot, block walls to crumble and carports and roofs to crash down.

One family is feeling grateful after a huge pine tree came crashing through their apartment roof.

Gina Jackson said a big "boom" came from the direction of her 18-month-old son's bedroom. She said it was heart pounding and very scary.

"I had no idea what to do, I was in shock," Jackson said. "Thank God he was OK."

At another home in the area, the storm tore off part of the roof.

"We thought we were finally going to see a cool rainstorm and the next thing we know, it was actually terrifying for an actually good two minutes and I told my husband I'm like 'I'm never moving to Tornado Alley, that was enough for me," said Robin Waress.

Waress referred to the damage as an impromptu skylight, not the kind of surprise she was hoping for.

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Heavy rain, wind, dust and lightning was reported throughout the Valley, from Apache Junction to North Phoenix and the West Valley.

Just south of 40th Street and Greenway Road is an apartment complex hit hard by the storm’s winds.

“We must have been at the heart of the microburst - that's what they are calling it – it must've just come down and then out and got easily two 2 to 2 1/2 dozen of these monster 30-40 foot trees.”  said Dusty Bathel who lives in the area.

Bathel spent his Sunday documenting the damage by shooting over 200 photos.

Most of it was toppled trees over fences and driveways.

One huge tree fell on Bathel’s neighbors' cars, damaging two of them and a truck.

“They're toast, they’re toast.” chuckled Bathel relieved no one was hurt.

Power was knocked out for thousands of customers following the storm and some aren't expected to get power restored until Monday.

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