Storm brings 60 mph gusts, knocking down power poles

2013-09-04T00:00:00Z 2013-09-08T14:11:51Z Storm brings 60 mph gusts, knocking down power polesBy Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A thunderstorm swept through the Tucson area Tuesday afternoon, knocking down power poles, damaging mobile homes south of the city and dropping up to 1« inches of rain.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph hit an area north of Sahuarita roughly between Nogales Highway and Interstate 19, said Jim Meyer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Power lines were knocked down mostly north of Green Valley and north of Sahuarita, said Joseph Barrios, a Tucson Electric Power Co. spokesman.

About a dozen power poles were damaged on West Pima Mine Road and will be replaced over the next several days, Barrios said.

The storm originally affected 10,000 customers mostly south of Tucson International Airport stretching to Sahuarita and west and southwest of the city, said Barrios.

Of the affected customers, 6,300 lived in the Tucson Estates area, which is west and southwest of the city, Barrios said.

Rural/Metro Fire Department crews assisted families in the affected areas on East Lumber Street near South Old Nogales and South Nogales highways. No injuries were reported, said Capt. Grant Cesarek, a Rural/Metro spokesman.

TEP crews were going to work through the night to restore power, Barrios said.

The storm developed around the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Rincon Mountains and eastern Santa Cruz County around noon, and pushed into the Tucson valley about 1 p.m., Meyer said.

“It intensified on Tucson’s far east side and south side at about 1:30 p.m., and then pushed out toward the west and northwest of the city,” said Meyer.

No storms are expected today or Thursday in the valley, but it may rain in the surrounding mountains, Meyer said.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at or 573-4104.

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