Monsoon 2013

Aug 21, 2013 3:22 PM by Brian White

PHOTOS: Clean up underway after Tuesday storm

TUCSON - The clouds rolled in, the wind kicked up, and the rain started falling. Some areas hit so hard the clean up continues Wednesday.

Blowing dust blanketed Tucson's southside near 1-10 and 1-19 turning blue skies gray.

Winds upwards of 65 miles an hour were reported.
Further south roads near Rita Ranch flooded.

At the fair grounds the weather service reported an inch of rain fell within 30 minutes.

Besides rain and flooding the storm brought with it lightning.
It touched down catching a palm tree and home on fire.

Six people, including 2 kids were home. Firefighters say the lightning bolt hit the tree and the roof then exited the bedroom.

You can see where the block exploded above the bedroom window. The force so strong it knocked a man down.

"We were inside the kitchen, saw the storm, the lightening, and it pushed in there, so scary," Alma Marcus said.

Everyone got out safe. Firefighters knocked down the flames. Utility crews checked the home and the family was allowed back inside.

Fire officials say the peak season for lightning strikes is summer. To stay safe, stay indoors and away from windows.

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