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Crash, bang, boom: Storm hits Phoenix area, wind gusts topple power poles

A utility company crew works to restore power to a Phoenix neighborhood after a storm on Sept. 14, 2015. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX — The monsoon left a reminder in the Valley that it was still around Monday night, showing off lightning, dropping rain and snapping power poles with 40-60 mph winds.

More than 17,000 homes and businesses lost power during the storm. Arizona Public Service customers were hit the hardest:

By Tuesday morning, all but 700 customers had electricity again, but APS said up to 15 may remain in the dark until Thursday.

Salt River Project had to restore power to about 1,900.

Central Phoenix became an obstacle course for drivers and pedestrians unfortunate enough to be outdoors. Indian School Road was closed off between 12th and 16th streets because of downed power poles and lines.

A falling power pole hit a truck on Indian School Road, the driver was unharmed; power lines stretched along the street like braids down a little girl’s back; a half-dozen poles wound up in the canal.

Downed power lines on Indian School Road. (KTAR Photo/Tyler Bassett)

Downed power lines on Indian School Road. (KTAR Photo/Tyler Bassett)

Area resident Mickey McKay said he was told his home might not have power for two days so he was leaving town.

“Since we really don’t have a safe place to stay, we can get a nice hotel room up in Vegas,” he said.

Just to the west, at Seventh Street and Indian School Road, the storm hit the Phoenix VA hospital hard. IT networks and telephone systems went out. More than 40 patient rooms were damaged from driving wind and rains.
Patients were taken to other hospital emergency rooms

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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