Tucson has own version of Sharknado: The Palmsoon

2013-07-27T14:40:00Z Tucson has own version of Sharknado: The PalmsoonKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 27, 2013 2:40 pm  • 

Sharknado is so last weekend.

In Tucson Friday we experienced Palmsoon!

Sure a tornado full of man-eating sharks, a la the Syfy channel, may wreck a little havoc, but the Old Pueblo has flaming palm trees.

During Friday’s deluge, which dumped almost 2 inches of rain in some areas, firefighters in the Catalina Foothills extinguished a palm tree that had been struck by lightning — an event more common than one might imagine, according to Capt. Grant Cesarek, spokesman for Rural Metro Fire Department.

“The palm fronds that are normally dry, hanging down, those because of the power of the lightning strike, fly off in all directions,” Cersarek said.

It’s anyone’s guess where the flaming fronds might land.

“The palm tree fires, we’re running those all the time when these storms hit,” he said

In addition to battling the blazing palm Friday, Rural Metro crews put out a house fire started by a lightning strike, he said.

Elsewhere in Tucson, multiple power lines fell on the south side leaving as many as 9,000 customers without power; roof damage caused five classrooms to flood at Van Buskirk Elementary School, 725 E. Fair St., off South Park Avenue; a teenage boy had to be rescued from a flooded wash off North Oracle Road south of Catalina State Park; and low-lying roads were closed due to flooding.

Right now, it’s pouring on the east side, so we might see another Palmsoon soon.

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