Monsoon storm leaves behind scattered damage

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PHOENIX – Some Valley residents are cleaning up after a powerful monsoon storm rocked the Valley Monday night.

Strong winds kicked up at about 10 p.m., tearing apart a fireworks stand near Tatum Boulevard and Bell Road.

Although the heavy rain was relatively short-lived, it was enough to cause thousands of dollars in damage. While most of the Valley saw dust and wind, the North Phoenix area received about .75 inch of rain.

Louis Perez was at the fireworks stand when the storm cropped up. All he could do was watch the rain destroy his merchandise.

“I’ve been in a lot of monsoons, and a lot of them, when they drop out of the sky, they’re just intense and hard and fast. And then they just leave,” he said. “The destruction they can do is just intense … just devastating. It just tore this whole place apart.”

A metal beam supporting the tent was knocked down during the storm. It was potentially a dangerous situation, but the beam did not fall on any of the workers.

Perez was not injured when the storm hit.

A few miles away from that fireworks stand, the high winds uprooted a large tree at the Carefree Manor Mobile Home Park at 32nd Street and Beardsley Road.

The tree landed on one of the homes, taking out the carport. The homeowner was not there at the time.

Several area residents will be waking up to find their patio furniture at the bottom of the swimming pool.

For the most part, the damage was what we generally see in the wake of this kind of storm.

According to 3TV meteorologist April Warnecke, another monsoon storm could sweep in tonight.