Storm Causes Freeway Closure, Roof Damage In Tempe

August 04, 2014

Storms that brought strong winds and rains to metropolitan Phoenix on Sunday evening caused an eight-hour closure of a section of freeway, damaged the roof of an animal hospital and temporarily left thousands of homes without electricity.

The roadway closure was prompted by a cable line that fell on the Loop 101 freeway around 7 p.m. Sunday and caused countless motorists to be backed up in traffic. That section of freeway reopened early Monday morning.

Tempe experienced four-tenths of an inch of rainfall within about 10 minutes and high winds that ripped off half of the roof at the VCA Tri City Animal Hospital and Acacia Cat Hospital.

Tempe fire spokesman Carlos Elzy says there were no people inside the hospital at the time and that the few animals that were inside weren't injured.

About 4,600 Salt River Project customers lost electricity as a result of the storm. As of Monday morning, power had been restored to all but about 65 customers.

Marvin Percha, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said another storm on Sunday dropped up to 2 inches of rain in the Wickenburg area.

The Phoenix metro area is expected to experience drier conditions this week.