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Wind damage cuts power, forces closure of Tempe High School

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PHOENIX — A power outage and wind damage forced Tempe High School to send students home for the day, it was announced Tuesday.

In an online message, Tempe High School — located near Broadway Road and Mill Avenue — said students who were already on campus for the day were sent home. Those who take the bus would be bused back to their stops.

Bus drivers were also telling students waiting for their ride that school was canceled for the day.


Tempe students who also attend the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa were taken to their classes as normal.

The Tempe Union High School District said winds caused Arizona Public Service equipment to fail and some of the school’s air-conditioning motors may be damaged. However, games scheduled for Tuesday will be played as normal and classes will resume Wednesday.

A fast-moving storm system passed through the Valley on Monday night.

The National Weather Service said the East Valley, where Tempe High School is located, received gusts of wind as high as 45 mph.

The storm brought some nice temperatures along with it. Highs in the Phoenix area were expected to be about 80 degrees on Tuesday.

However, that cool air isn’t sticking around long. The weather service said it expects highs to be back in the 90s by Thursday.

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