Storms trap 2 in Tucson wash, knock power out

2014-07-13T22:30:00Z 2014-08-26T13:25:46Z Storms trap 2 in Tucson wash, knock power outBy Veronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Sunday’s monsoon storms packed a one-two punch with two rounds of thunderstorms moving through the Tucson area, trapping two people in a wash and knocking power out for nearly 14,000 as winds hit 65 mph.

The National Weather Service issued flash-flood and severe thunderstorm warnings in the late afternoon and into the evening.

A flash flood trapped an 8-year-old girl and her father in a wash near South Camino Seco and East Escalante Road. The two entered the wash when it was dry, but “that wall of water came down and trapped them down there,” said Capt. Barrett Baker, a Tucson fire spokesman, who was the first to respond.

The two climbed a tree to stay out of the several feet of water and were rescued safely, Baker said.

Winds reached up to 65 mph in some parts of town. Parts of the roof to a home near Pantano and Escalante roads were ripped off.

The first round of storms, which struck about 6 p.m., caused widespread showers that dumped up to 1.2 inches of rain near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and pea-sized hail in the Catalina area.

The second round moved over Green Valley and the southern edge of Tucson, prompting a separate flash-flood alert for Green Valley.

Power was knocked out as far north as River and Swan roads, in midtown near Swan Road and Speedway, and south of Park Place Mall and the southeast side near Irvington and Houghton roads. Outages affected nearly 14,000 customers, according to Tucson Electric Power’s outage map.

Tucson fire crews responded to downed wires and tree fires, many on the southeast side, Baker said.

A 40 percent chance of rain between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. and a high of 98 is in the forecast for today.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@tucson.com or 573-4224.

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