Tucsonans recuperate from injury wrought by weekend monsoon

Tucsonans are nonetheless recovering from a monsoon thunder storm Friday that toppled timber, broken property, and left tens of hundreds with out energy — some for days.

As many as 56,000 have been left with out energy throughout town, stated Tucson Electrical Energy spokesperson Joseph Barrios. The outage lasted till Saturday morning for 14,000 TEP prospects, stated Barrios, and as of Monday afternoon, 200 are nonetheless with out energy.

“It was definitely the biggest and most devastating storm that we had seen in lots of, a few years,” Barrios stated.

The Nationwide Climate Service recorded wind speeds of 64 miles per hour on the airport Friday night.

“I’ve by no means seen that a lot disruption from a single monsoon in Tucson earlier than,” stated Allison Kath, a Tucson native who took shelter from quarter-sized items of hail beneath an awning at Dwelling Depot in the course of the storm.

Winds ripped the roof off of a 4,000-pound aviary at Ghost Ranch Exotics petting zoo in Marana, stated proprietor Kenneth MacNeil, resulting in the escape of a number of animals.

MacNeil and his neighbors have spent the previous few days attempting to identify the animals, he stated, and although most have been recovered, the farm continues to be lacking a kangaroo and two porcupines. A capybara that had been misplaced in the course of the storm was discovered Monday, the zoo stated on Fb. Anybody who spots the stray animals can name the petting zoo at 520-399-6555.

“We’re simply attempting to choose up the items and put issues again collectively,” stated MacNeil. “It’s simply been a loopy couple of days.”