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Wind damage seen as storm pounds Phoenix area

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Damage from strong winds in the Costco parking lot at the Val Vista Square in Gilbert. (Source: Mona Kaur) Damage from strong winds in the Costco parking lot at the Val Vista Square in Gilbert. (Source: Mona Kaur)
Powerful winds toppled this mature tree in Gilbert. (Source: CBS 5 News) Powerful winds toppled this mature tree in Gilbert. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Rain came down in sheets in the southeast Valley. (Source: Pam Hoskin) Rain came down in sheets in the southeast Valley. (Source: Pam Hoskin)
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -

Crews across the Valley worked to clean up roadways and return power to people victimized by powerful, isolated thunderstorms across the Valley late Sunday afternoon that toppled trees and produced sheets of rain and some minor flooding.

Salt River Project initially reported 4,600 customers without power, mostly in Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Queen Creek.

But by 8:30 p.m., SRP had restored power to all but 140 customers and Arizona Public Service had just 200 customers remaining in Chandler without power.

Central Maricopa and Pinal counties were under a severe thunderstorm warning as potentially destructive winds in excess of 60 mph powered their way across Gilbert, Queen Creek, Chandler and Mesa.

A flash flood warning was issued for Gilbert and Chandler until 6:45 p.m. and hail fell in Mesa.

Tucson also had winds in excesss of 60 mph and more than an inch of rain fell in just a few minutes.

Tucson fire units also had to rescue an 8-year-old girl and her father from a rapidly moving flood waters in a wash behind a neighborhood. The father and daughter climbed a tree as waters rose quickly just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

Four firefighters placed the girl between them to bring her to safety, and return to get the father. No injuries were reported.

CBS 5 meteorologist Steve Garry said the storms formed quickly in a monsoonal airflow.

Some rainfall amounts for the past 24 hours ending about 5:45 p.m. Monday from the Flood Control District of Maricopa County:

  • Ahwatukee - 0.31 inches
  • Buckeye - 0.87 inches
  • Chandler - 0.47 inches
  • Gilbert - 0.87 inches
  • Mesa - 0.39 inches
  • New River/Cave Creek - 0.24 inches
  • Peoria - 0.24 inches
  • Phoenix-Sky Harbor - 0.03 inches
  • Queen Creek - 0.55 inches
  • Wickenburg - 0.91 inches

CBS 5 viewer Mona Kaur uploaded a photo to the CBS 5 Facebook page of a tree that toppled into a car parked in Val Vista Square in Gilbert.

Several trees were uprooted, and a light pole and street signs were ripped down near Val Vista and Elliot.

At the Chandler Fashion Mall, winds blew down several 7- to 13-inch diameter trees.

There was some street flooding at McClinton and Ray Road. And near Warner and Kyrene, dozens of trees were uprooted.

"We all were just kind of mesmerized, looking out the window and seeing the rain come down in sheets, and worried about a tree in our backyard that looked like it was swaying and about ready to hit the house," said Amy Glomski, who lives in Tempe.

"The winds were just howling, 25 to 35 miles an hour it seemed like," Luke Glomski said.

"Last summer we lost about 17 trees in the community all over the roads," said homeowners association vice president Matt Taillon. Their community already had cleanup crews on the way, since many trees were in the middle of the street.  

"A lot of confusion as people come in trying to get in the gates of our community, but we'll do what we can to get through it," Taillon said.

LIght rain continued to fall in parts of the Valley of the Sun Monday morning, and thunderstorms were expected to return Monday evening, CBS 5 Meteorologist Katie Baker said.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

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