Major damage, thousands hit with outages during monsoon storm

PHOENIX - Another round of monsoon storms moved through the Valley Monday, bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and dust -- also toppling trees and leaving thousands without power.

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Salt River Project officials were working hard into the evening to restore power to the remaining 800 individuals:

Check out latest outages affecting Salt River Project customers, according to SRP's Outage Map , as of 3:12 p.m.:

  • Between 1-100 customers are without power from south Sossaman road to s Hawes road and e Guadalupe road to Elliott road. Power is estimated to be restored by 6:15 p.m.

The powerful storm also downed trees and power lines across Valley cities.

The National Weather said four "microbursts" occurred during yesterday's monsoon storms. As its name implies, a "microburst" is an intense amount of collapsing air from a Thunderstorm that shatters in all directions when it hits the ground. Think of a water balloon bursting. The water flies out in all directions.

This intense amount of wind can uproot trees, blow tiles off roofs, as tip over fences, such as we saw during yesterday's storm.

The microbursts were reported at  I-10 and Arizona south of Sun Lakes; Chandler Blvd. and 40th Street in Ahwatukee; near Johnson Ranch in San Tan Valley and along the 101 and Baseline near Dobson Ranch.

ABC15 viewer photos showed trees blocking roadways in Ahwatukee, Tempe and Chandler, while others had toppled through block walls and landed on top of cars.

"I noticed water coming in through the chimney and looked up and realized that the chimney had been blown off," said Steve Shell.
 
A tree across the street fell on top of a neighbors car.
 
"The winds blew the right way and the tress missed our house, " said Shannon Gallo who lives a few blocks away.  A large tree that fell is blocking her driveway and a tree in her backyard fell and a trampoline was blown into her yard.
 
Gallo was almost trapped in her car when a tree fell on it Monday night while driving nearby.
 
"I was ok and the firefighters came and helped me out and they were all very sweet," she said.
 
The clean-up will likely last weeks.  Most residents describe the storm as unbelievable.
 
"It is like we're in a tropical storm," said Shell.

The gusts, up to 60 mph in some areas, also wreaked havoc on a housing development near 24th Street and Pecos Road, sending wood planks scattering.

The strong winds and pelting rain are also believed to have led to a semi rollover on Interstate 10 near Loop 202 Santan, that blocked traffic for several hours Monday evening.

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