Storm Damage In Phoenix And Tucson

July 14, 2014

Powerful thunderstorms hit the Tucson and Phoenix areas with strong winds and drenching rains that flooded roads, downed trees and left thousands temporarily without power. In Tucson, firefighters rescued a father and his 8-year-old daughter from a flooded wash.

The National Weather Service said the threat of thunderstorm development would continue into Monday afternoon, with a potential for very heavy rainfall and blowing dust in south-central Arizona into the evening.

Strong wind from the storms Sunday downed trees and power poles, knocking out power to approximately 14,000 customers in parts of Tucson at one point Sunday.

A 66 mph wind gust was recorded at Davis-Monthan Air Force, where 1.2 inches of rain fell. Pea-size hail fell in Catalina, a Tucson suburb.

In the rescue of the father and daughter trapped in the wash, four Tucson firefighters stood in a line to reach the pair, first walking through knee-deep water in a group back to dry ground with the girl and then with the father. Neither required medical treatment.

The father and daughter entered the wash in their neighborhood when it was dry and before water quickly rose, forcing them to take refuge in a tree, the Fire Department said.

In the Phoenix area, the storms swamped some parts of the city in as much as an inch of rain, though most areas got less. The Salt River Project said approximately 5,000 customers were without power at one point.

Roads were flooded and blocked by downed trees in some residential areas, but the Department of Public Safety said there were no major road closures.

Winds knocked over an unoccupied tractor-trailer rig parked in the Chandler area. At the Chandler Fashion Mall, winds blew down several small trees.