Storm leaves damage, half-inch of rain
Staff photo by Dean H. Borgwardt
Friday's storm blew over the Carquest sign in the 400 block of Main Street, crushing one of the company's trucks.
A few power outages in the Verde Valley area were reported. Jerome and Camp Verde reported no precipitation and Sedona's weather was unobtainable.
Cottonwood Fire Department reported a lightning strike caused a small brushfire at Fir Street and Arizona 260. The fire posed no real threat and was extinguished quickly. Verde Valley Fire District responded to a small brush fire caused by a lightning strike in the 1600 block of Rainbow Road in Cottonwood at about 6 p.m.
Lightning struck an electrical pole blowing a transformer which sparked a small brush fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. There were no reports of injuries.
Wind damaged a house in the 1500 block of Sierra Drive in Cottonwood, taking part of the roof away at about 7:20 p.m. There were no reports of injuries.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported a power outage in the Village of Oak Creek that went into Saturday. Arizona Public Service was reported to be working on the situation Saturday morning. Camp Verde lost power briefly around 5 p.m. Friday for about 30 minutes.
Firefighters reported that they could follow the storm's progress by the call pattern they received. They reported that the storm came from Sycamore Canyon and raced thorough town leaving minor damage in its wake.
Friday's storm blew over the Carquest of Cottonwood sign in the 400 block of Main Street. Assistant Manager Josh Mealey said at about 5 p.m. Friday, he was mopping up rainwater that was flowing into the store. "I heard a crunch and looked up and saw the sign had fallen on one of our trucks," he said. "Water was coming in so fast I couldn't mop it up fast enough." He added that the truck was a 2000 Isuzu parts truck, one of four.