TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The dramatic rescue of a father and his 8-year-old daughter who were clinging to a tree was one of numerous near-disasters that took place during strong storms that tore through Tucson and Phoenix.
Powerful thunderstorms hit the Tucson and Phoenix areas with heavy winds and drenching rains that flooded roads, downed trees and left thousands temporarily without power.
In Tucson, firefighters rescued a father and his 8-year-old daughter from a flooded wash. The man and the girl were in the wash when it was dry and before water quickly rose around 7 p.m. They had to climb a tree to keep afloat, according to the Tucson Fire Department.
Four Tucson firefighters stood in a line to reach the pair, first walking through knee-deep water in a group back to dry ground with the girl and then with the father. Neither required medical treatment.
The storms knocked down a handful of power lines, shutting down streets and causing power outages for about 12,700 customers around Tucson and at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The base was hit by a 66-mph wind gust and received 1.2 inches of rain.
In the Phoenix area, the storms swamped some parts of the city in as much as an inch of rain, though most areas got less. About 5,000 customers in the area were without power at one point, the Salt River Project said. Roads were flooded and blocked by downed trees in some residential areas, but the Arizona Department of Public Safety said there were no major road closures.
Winds knocked over an unoccupied tractor-trailer rig parked in the Chandler area. At the Chandler Fashion Center, winds blew down several small trees.
The National Weather Service said the threat of thunderstorms would continue into Monday afternoon, with a potential for very heavy rainfall and blowing dust in south-central Arizona into the evening. Some in Tucson were still without power. Tucson 12, a TV station in the city, was also still without power as of Monday afternoon.