Microburst damages home, power poles in San Tan Valley

A microburst ripped off the roof of a home June 29 in the San Tan Valley area. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

A microburst ripped off the roof of a home June 29 in the San Tan Valley area. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

A microburst is to blame for property damage and utility poles down in San Tan Valley. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

A microburst is to blame for property damage and utility poles down in San Tan Valley. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Close to 2,000 without electricity during outage

A microburst knocked down dozens of power poles and tore off a roof in the San Tan Valley area on Wednesday evening.

Salt River Project confirmed there were more than 40 power poles down in the area of Hunt Highway and Arizona Farms Road. There were 1,900 to 2,000 customers without power at the height of the outage. About 40 customers were still without power Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service confirmed the microburst thatĀ ripped off the roof of the house in Magma, which is on the border of San Tan Valley. The windows were shattered as well. The family wasn’t home at the time as they were down in Tucson.

The roof of the house ended up about 75 yards away across the street next to a field.

“All their belongings are here, ya know,” said Martha Flores, a friend of the family that lives at the house. “Their whole life is here. It’s going to be hard to rebuild, get a new house.”

The microburst also damaged some hay barrels and what used to be some sort of awning covering the hay.

Arizona Farms Road has closures due to the power poles, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. Hunt Highway is closed from Arizona Farms Road to OasisĀ Boulevard due to flooding. Attaway Road is shut down from Judd to Arizona Farms Road. PCSO said drivers should avoid the areas.

The National Weather Service said the area got wind gusts of up to 71 miles per hour.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Most of that area is farmland.

Editor’s note: In partnership with CBS 5 News, the Independent is publishing this story. Read the story on the KPHO website.

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