By Bill Van Nimwegen
The summer monsoon season hit the communities of Gold Canyon and Apache Junction like Thor’s hammer on Monday, July 9.
High winds uprooted trees and stripped roofs of their shingles and flashings when the storm entered the region around 3 p.m.
Many homes in the area were pelted by jelly bean-sized hail along with a quarter- to three quarters- inch of rain.
Salt River Project reported about 2,000 customers without power in the area and similar numbers were reported by Arizona Public Service.
Superstition Fire and Medical District crews were dispached to downed power lines in the area of McKellips Rd. and Valley Dr. on the city’s northern boundry. Also reported were downed lines at Idaho Rd. and Southern Ave. Utilitiy crews worked through the night to restore power to the region, but some residents were still waiting for the lights to come on until late Tuesday.
Winds were clocked in excess of 60 mph, strong enough to lift an exterior display 20 feet into the Circle K parking lot on the corner of Superstiton Blvd. and Idaho Rd.
Storms of similar strength pummelled other parts of the valley in the days following Monday’s deluge, but Apache Junction and Gold Canyon were spared.
Pictured above: Richard Marola of Dolce Vita in Apache Junction surveys the damage to his screened patio after Monday’s storm.