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Storm knocks out power to thousands, closes roads

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TEP said about 24 poles were damaged, like this one at East Valencia Road and South Park Avenue. TEP said about 24 poles were damaged, like this one at East Valencia Road and South Park Avenue.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A powerful thunderstorm that moved through Tucson Friday afternoon knocked out power to several thousand people and closed several roads.

According to a Tucson Electric Power tweet, 8,000 customers were without power at one point, and about 24 power poles were damaged during the storm. Power has been restored to all but 1,100 customers.

The Pima County Department of Transportation reported at 5 p.m. that the following roads were closed:

  • Bonney Avenue at the Earp Wash
  • Masterson Avenue at the Earp Wash
  • Old Spanish Trail at Jeremy Crossing Road
  • Old Spanish Trail 1st dip east of Camino Del Garanon
  • Alvord Road at Garrett Avenue
  • Silverbell Road between Avra Valley Road to Sasco Road

The National Weather Service also reported that there was a rockslide on Catalina Highway at Milepost 16.5.

Tucson Fire Department units responded to nine calls for wires down, two calls for arcing wires, two calls for small fire-related issues such as brush fires and tree fires, three calls for fire alarms, one reported swift-water rescue call and one call for multiple downed power poles on East Valencia Road near South Park Ave. 

TFD found occupants of three vehicles trapped by the downed power poles. Once TEP confirmed that the scene was safe, TFD escorted the people to safety.

No one was injured by the downed lines.

Tucson Police say East Valencia Road is closed between South Sixth Avenue and South Tucson Boulevard because of downed power poles.

South Park Avenue was closed because of flooding between Valencia and East Drexel Road, police said.

Traffic lights are out on East Bilby Road at South Tucson Boulevard and South Campbell Avenue, according to police.

There have been two swift water rescues. One on Valencia Road and Houghton Road and most recently, Pantano and Golf Links Road.

According to, the storms also caused delays at Tucson International Airport. According to the flight tracker website, over 60 percent of departures from the airport were leaving late and arrivals were also affected.

In Cochise County, rescue crews had to rescue a woman in Benson this afternoon after she drove her car into a flooded wash and became stuck.

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