Severe storm slams Tucson

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A severe thunderstorm slammed Tucson at mid-afternoon on Tuesday flooding streets, causing fires, knocking down power lines and putting thousands into the dark.

A large tree became uprooted at Benson Highway and Alvernon and slammed into a school building being used as a polling place.  Authorities moved the polling place to another building at the school.

Power lines were down in several areas and at the height of the storm Tucson Electric Power reported over 12,000 customers were without power.  Most had their lights back on by evening.

After 6 p.m., crews reported downed power lines at Country Club and Hughes Access Road near the airport.

A child was rescued from high water by Tucson Fire Department on North Craycroft.

Pima County says it has closed Overton at the CDO wash.  Numerous other wash crossings are open but the county is urging caution.