Monsoon leaves hundreds without power Friday night

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by Jason Volentine

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Posted on July 27, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 10:22 AM

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- About 175 people in Apache Junction were in the dark Friday night after strong monsoon winds ripped down three utility poles.

This storm charged through around 2:30  pm, bringing with it winds of up to 60 miles per hour.

Many had electricity back within a couple hours, but SRP said some customers wouldn’t get their lights and A/C back until early Saturday morning.

“We’re in that one little group so we're making do with what we have and we can get to friends’ houses and get some air conditioning if we want,” said Todd House, a Pinal County supervisor who happened to be one of those left without electricity.  “But we know when we move out here we might be in that situation so we're good with that.”

At 9:45 pm, Friday, SRP said crews were on the way and it would take about eight hours to fix all the damage once they got on scene.

SRP said everyone should have power this morning.

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