Monsoon Storm Causes Damage, Knocks Out Power In North Phoenix

Hundreds of thousands of homes woke up to lights out after Monday night’s monsoon storm swept through the Valley.

“From Seventh Street all the way down to here, we just have numerous trees broken down,” Marlo Pressley said. “We’ve just had a lot of walls broken out, so we’ve got a lot of damage.”

Seventy-mile-per-hour winds ripped up trees and tore down power lines in its path. A massive tree that toppled over in a backyard wipe out 1,027 homes of power, alone.

North Phoenix residents inside a neighborhood near Ninth Street and Cochise say the damage is unbelievable.

“We heard a bunch of crashes because the wires were clicking together behind us and then we heard a bunch of and crashes and then a couple trees went down,” Wendy Hartman said.

“It was like a microburst that came through here last night and we were out in it as soon as it started because the trees started breaking right behind my house,” Pressley said. “I was in my house, too. The whole house shook like nobody’s business and then all of a sudden you saw flashes.”

Overnight, APS responded to the outages in this area and they say clean-up has been the biggest challenge.

“We don’t have a specific time because we come up on scenes like this where we have to take down a 60-foot tree, so it just kind of depends on the situation in the neighborhood, but just know that there are a lot of APS crews working non-stop to get everyone back on safely,” Suzanne Trevino said.