Arizona Public Service workers repair downed power lines along Shea Boulevard near 39th Street Aug. 4, 2017, after a massive storm moved through the area the night before. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
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Power lines are down on Shea Boulevard and 40th Street after a monsoon storm in Phoenix on Aug. 3, 2017. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com
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Monsoon rains blow manhole covers at Terminal 4 in Phoenix Sky Harbor. Cheryl Evans/azcentral.com
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Views of the Monsoon storm in north Phoenix. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com
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Storm damage outside of Saguaro branch of Phoenix Library, 46th street south of Thomas Road, on Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Rain falls in Chandler during a monsoon storm on Aug. 3, 2017. Matt Self/azcentral.com
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Rain falls in Tempe on Aug. 3, 2017. Karina Bland/azcentral.com
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A storm shuts down the trails at the Desert Botanical Garden on Aug. 3, 2017. Zachary Hansen/azcentral.com
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Uprooted and damaged trees along 46th Street, south of Thomas Road, on Aug. 4.
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A tree fell into the road at Thunderbird and Cave Creek roads during a storm on Aug. 3, 2017. Richard Obert/azcentral.com
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Heavy rain falls in downtown Phoenix on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. Nick Oza/azcentral
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A double rainbow appears after a storm moves through metro Phoenix on Aug. 3, 2017.
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Driving in a rainstorm on East Cactus Road in north Phoenix on Aug. 3, 2017. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com
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Slow motion video of rain droplets in Chandler, Arizona on Aug. 1, 2017.
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Water erupts out of a manhole at Sky Harbor International Airport during a storm on Aug. 3, 2017. Michael Chow/azcentral.com
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A woman who drove past a “road closed” sign on Citrus Road, just south of Interstate 10 in Goodyear, gets stuck in the mud and has to abandon her car after heavy rains soaked the Valley on July 24, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com
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Mesa Fire and Medical crews rescued a stranded motorist in Apache Junction on July 24, 2017. Mesa Fire and Medical Department
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Floodwaters race past the Apache Junction Police Department. Robert E. Wheeler Jr./Special for azcentral.com
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People walk across the crosswalk at the start of a monsoon storm in downtown phoenix on July 29, 2017.
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Rain falls in Phoenix on July 24, 2017. Nick Oza/azcentral.com
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Flooding in Apache Junction on S. Ocotillo Road. Robert Geist/azcentral.com
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Water running through the San Tan Heights subdivision off Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley on July 24, 2017. Robert Anglen/azcentral.com
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Flooding in a wash in the San Tan Heights subdivision in San Tan Valley on July 24, 2017. Robert Anglen/azcentral.com
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Mesa firefighters conduct a water rescue on Monday, July 24, 2017. (Mesa Fire and Medical Department)
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Water rushes along 64th Street just north of University Drive in east Mesa on Monday, July 24, 2017. (Wendy Killeen/The Republic)
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Heavy rains create a large pool of water in Mesa’s Ensenada Park on July 24, 2017. Wendy Killeen/azcentral.com
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Rainfall soaks 64th Street in Mesa on July 24, 2017. Wendy Killeen/azcentral.com
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A dust storm moves toward the Valley on July 23, 2017.
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Rain near Seventh Street and Glendale Avenue in Phoenix on July 21, 2017. Lindsey Collom/azcentral.com
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Lightning is flashing and rain is soaking east Mesa near Power and Brown roads Thursday night, July 20, 2017. Wendy Killeen/azcentral.com
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A peach-faced lovebird rides out a monsoon windstorm in a mesquite tree in Phoenix on July 14, 2017. Rob Schumacher/azcentral.com
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Images from the storm on July 14, 2017.
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An approaching monsoon storm near Surprise and Waddell kicks up a lot of dust on July 14, 2017. April Morganroth/azcentral.com
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Azcentral.com photographer Rob Schumacher shot this beautiful time-lapse video of monsoon storm thunderhead building over Carefree.
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Azcentral.com photographer David Kadlubowski shot this beautiful time-lapse video of a monsoon storm in Phoenix.
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A tree that fell over during a storm on July 10, 2017, is disposed of in Gold Canyon. Loren Townsley/azcentral.com
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A dust storm moves across the East Valley during a monsoon storm July 10, 2017.
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A microburst drops some rain near Waddell on July 10, 2017.
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Meteorologists’ video of storm clouds as they form and evaporate and reform and evaporate over Mount Lemmon on Aug. 17, 2006. Video shot by Joseph Zehnder; Weldon B. Johnson/azcentral.com
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Newspaper stands are knocked over as a thunderstorm makes it’s way through Phoenix.
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Wind and rain start to pick up in Northwest Valley.
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Power lines down on Shea Boulevard from massive storm
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Rains blow manhole covers at Sky Harbor
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Rain pours at Desert Botanical Garden
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Toppled tree after monsoon storm
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Pouring rain at Power and Brown roads in east Mesa July 20, 2017
Riding out a monsoon windstorm in Phoenix
Images from Friday’s Phoenix-area storm
Monsoon storm approaches in far West Valley
Time-lapse of monsoon storm thunderhead building over Carefree
Time-lapse view of monsoon storm from Broadway curve in Phoenix
Storm downs tree in Gold Canyon
Watch a dust storm move across the East Valley
Monsoon rains hit far West Valley
Clouds form over Mount Lemmon
Downtown Phoenix, July 15, 2017
Surprise/Waddell monsoon storm
The Phoenix area continued cleaning up Friday morning after a powerful round of monsoon storms Thursday evening that knocked down power poles and trees and drenched some areas with nearly two inches of rain.
Linemen from utility companies still worked to upright a line of power poles that had been toppled along Shea Boulevard in Phoenix. The roadway was closed between State Route 51 and 40th Street for repairs.
Fewer than 800 Arizona Public Service customers remained without power in parts of north Phoenix and in several communities west of Buckeye. About 430 Salt River Project customers scattered across the Valley were still experiencing outages.
Anyone trying to access the outage map on the APS website on Friday morning received this message: “Due to extensive storm damage APS customers are experiencing outages. We understand this is uncomfortable and we appreciate our customer’s patience as crews work around the clock to repair damage. We will be updating our map so please continue to check for status changes.”
Gina Squires said power had been out at her home near 40th Street and Becker Lane since 4:45 p.m. Thursday. An APS worker told her service may not be restored until Sunday, she said.
Most of her neighbors have left their homes to stay with family and friends, but Squires is staying put because of her dogs.
“We love monsoon season, tho,” Squires said. “This is Arizona. This is what you get.”
The Phoenix Zoo was closed to the public Friday as crews made repairs and removed debris. Multiple trees were downed at the zoo, two tents were destroyed, and flooding left debris on several zoo trails.
All animals were safe and accounted for, Phoenix Zoo officials said. It wasn’t initially clear whether the zoo would be ready to reopen for business on Saturday.
According to Kerri Baumann, communications strategist at the Phoenix Zoo, most of the damage was in the zoo’s main corridor.
“I think we’re still doing some assessments. We’ve obviously got the big damage you can see,” she said. “Staff will need to go through and assess maybe more hidden potential dangers, such as branches that have cracked, maybe haven’t fallen yet.”
Around the time the storm rolled around Thursday, many of the animals were already heading to their night houses. Baumann said none of the animals were hurt and their exhibits were not damaged.
“If there is a silver lining to this it was that … we closed at 2 p.m., so there were no guests on site,” she said. “It just so happened we had some staff and keepers still on site at about 5. So they were able, once the storm cleared, to go out immediately and assess damage, check the animals and make sure everyone was OK.”
Most of the office staff members have assisted in the clean up effort, cutting trees and raking.
“All hands are on deck for this,” she said. “Literally everyone is pitching in.”
Childsplay, a theater company in Tempe, had its power shut down after Tempe Fire suspects its building had been struck by lightning during yesterday’s storm.
Anthony Runfola, director of production, said that Tempe Fire responded to their location around 7 p.m. after receiving a call that there were sparks coming out of one of its air-conditioning units. Runfola said Tempe Fire suspects that lightning struck the building and some water got into a junction box that feeds the chillers.
“Basically what we have is this box that has a hole burnt through it, more or less,” Runfola said.
Arizona Public Service came and shut off the power for safety precautions which cut off internet, phone services and email service on the campus, Runfola said. Many employees were working remotely despite no access to company email or file servers hosted on site.
“What we hope we can do is isolate the power to that chiller where we suspect it was struck by lightning so that we can turn on power … to the rest of the campus. And then we’ll have to figure out if there’s more damage to our chiller,” Runfola said.
Runfola said they would hopefully have the power restored some time today, but it wasn’t likely there would be any air conditioning.
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