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Weather rocks Phoenix Metro
Mother Nature gives Phoenix taste of monsoon with spring storm - Wild weather ripped through Phoenix and surrounding cities Monday night, bringing high winds, some rain and an amazing light show.
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VALLEYWIDE -- Wild weather ripped through Phoenix and surrounding cities Monday night, bringing high winds, some rain and an amazing light show.
Winds clocked at about 40 mph ripped down a string of power lines in Mesa. One of those poles landed on a truck that was driving through the area. The driver was able to get out safely. Another pole landed on a parked car not far away.
Gilbert Road is closed between University Drive and Brown Road because of those downed lines. That closure will likely be in effect all day.
At the height of the storm, up to 10,000 SRP customers were without power. Crews were already working in the area, so the effects of the downlined lines were not as bad as they could have been. Electricity reportedly was still out to some 50 homes in the area Tuesday morning. Repairs were expected to take between three and six hours.
In Tempe, severe wind gusts tore the roof off a building.
In Surprise, lightning struck a home near Greenway Road and Cotton Lane. The homeowner said he and his wife were about to go to sleep when it happened at about 10:30 p.m. Rusty Carter said at first he thought lightning struck nearby, but less than a minute later he and his family smelled smoke. The family was able to get out safely. Neighbors called 911 and ran to help. Fire crews responded quickly and were able to save most of the family's belongings.
At Interstate 10 and Ray Road, the high winds caused a canopy to collapse at the Chandler Lexus Audi and Mercedes dealership. At least 15 to 20 cars were damaged when the canopy went down. Winds also blew down a huge light pole. Cleanup was under way Tuesday morning, but the total extent of the damage was not immediately available.
No injuries were reported in any of the incidents, but the damage, while scattered, is significant.
Most people in the greater Metro area were able to see the lighting the storm brought, but the rain was sparse.
Phoenix Children's Hospital in Central Phoenix got about .05 of an inch of rain, but there was just a trace at Sky Harbor International Airport, so the official rain totals for the year aren't changing.
Tuesday morning, some areas were still seeing some very light showers. Most of the moisture however, was virga, which means it wasn't making it to the ground.
The high Tuesday was expected to top out at 103 degrees, making it the 14th consecutive 100-degree day this May. That's a record. There's a slight chance of thunderstorms Tuesday night, similar to what many areas saw last night.
Tomorrow will be about 10 degrees cooler with a high of 93. We'll have a better chance of rain throughout the day and thunderstorms the evening. That will continue into Thursday and Thursday night.