Microburst topples trees, knocks out power in Claypool

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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CLAYPOOL, Ariz. -- A microburst hit the Claypool area Thursday evening, toppling trees and knocking out power.

Claypool is east of Phoenix near the towns of Miami and Globe.

Mitch Malkovich with the Tri-City Fire District said the storm dumped approximately 1-1/2 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes.

Malkovich said heavy winds damaged numerous homes and vehicles in the vicinity and several trees fell through the roofs of some homes.

Tri-City Fire Department personnel helped homeowners remove trees from roofs and cleared streets of fallen trees.

Malkovich said that a tree near the Taco Bell and Wal-Mart in Claypool fell on top of an occupied vehicle.

A large tree at Broadway and Old Oak blocked the road until firefighters and Gila Country roads personnel could remove it.

Another large tree full of bees pierced the roof of a home on El Camino.

Malkovich said no one was injured during the storm.

The Claypool area was without power until after 11 p.m.