Overnight storms damage property in Sun Lakes area

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by Jayson Chesler

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM

SUN LAKES, Ariz. -- Walls were knocked over, trees were uprooted and tiles were thrown off roofs in a Sun Lakes neighborhood hit by two storms late Tuesday night.

The first storm rolled through the area at roughly 9:30 p.m., with a second storm following up between 11:00 and 11:30. Homes were damaged by the storms' winds and flying debris that was picked up by the gusts.

The exact details of the storms aren't known yet, but 3TV's Meteorologist April Warnecke said the aftermath looks consistent with the result of a microburst. The National Weather Service Phoenix confirmed that two microbursts happened in Arizona on Tuesday night, one of which was in Sun Lakes at 11:33. Microbursts are sudden, intense gusts of wind in a small area of a storm.

In one neighborhood, parts of a home's roof were ripped from the home by the winds and sent crashing into a neighboring home's roof and garage walls.

The garage held a 1956 Chevrolet convertible, which, when its tarp was removed, only suffered a few minor scratches. The wall directly next to the car had a hole in it from the impact of roofing tiles hitting it.

Elsewhere in Sun Lakes, an uprooted tree came crashing through one homeowner's bedroom. The homeowner said the tree was knocked over before the second storm started, meaning the first storm by itself was enough to cause major damage.

The Sun Lakes area isn't the only part of the state facing damage from the start of monsoon season -- Flagstaff is seeing a large accumulation of quarter-sized hail and some flooding, with parts of downtown Flagstaff becoming difficult to traverse.

For more information and updates about the monsoon season and weather around the valley, visit azfamily's weather page.

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