Power outages, flooding, damage after storms rattle Phoenix metro

MESA, AZ - Powerful storms swept through the Valley Tuesday afternoon causing power outages, localized flooding and damage to homes.

RAINFALL TOTALS: See how much rain has fallen in your neighborhood

Salt River Project officials had over 5,000 customers without power at one point, however, as of 10:30 a.m., less than 2,000 customers remained without power.

See all SRP areas affected on outage map

Arizona Public Service said most customers have had their power restored.

There have also been reports of serious damage throughout parts of the East Valley, including downed power lines and trees falling onto homes.

Jesus Layva says he was inside his Mesa home on Jarvis Avenue when the wind snapped his neighbor's tree over the fence, bringing a powerline down with it.

The short in the line sent a surge to the supply box connected to Layva's home strong enough to blow a small hole through his roof and leave a ring a soot around the utility box.

"I was inside when I heard all the noises and then an explosion." Layva said.

A few miles away the wind toppled a giant tree in front of Holmes Elementary School. 

A group of kids says they were playing basketball in front of the school and had to run for cover when the wind started to pull the tree down and a power line along with it.

Neighbors say the tree was 100 years old. 

No one was hurt.

The rain came pouring down in Tempe, toppling a large tree onto Broadway near Rural Road.

Police shut down part of the road which slowed traffic during rush hour.

Just down the street, the wind and rain pushed a light pole on top of an electrical wire.

Police and firefighters shut down that part of Broadway to keep people safe.

A lot of rain also fell in central Phoenix near 12th Street and Dunlap, flooding roadways and parking lots.

The wind ripped a carport out of the cement and toppled it to the ground at La Mirada Apartments, nearly missing a woman's car by about an inch.

"I feel very blessed that it didn't land on the car," she said.

The wind also twisted a traffic light pole down to the intersection at 7th Street and Dunlap.

Phoenix Fire is asking residents to avoid Dobbins from 7th Avenue to 35th Avenue. Phoenix crews are working to clear the roadway from damage due to the storm.



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