Driving storm brings powerful winds and tree damage
COTTONWOOD - A freight train of a monsoon storm roared down Main Street in Cottonwood Tuesday. Meterologist Tim Cermac of the National Weather Service in Flagstaff says even his office was surprised at the strength of the storm and gusts. He says trained weather spotters logged wind speeds up to 52 miles per hour in Cottonwood.
Cermac says the instability of the storm was a lot stronger than anticipated, and combined with a wind shear, created some damaging conditions.
Trees were toppled throughout the area. Some reported roof damage and even a trampoline was thrown into a power pole and caused brief outages.
A similar type storm was recorded in Prescott Valley, where the rain and even small pea-sized hail blew for a period.
Precipitation was tracked in a range from .4 inches to one inch. The Northern Arizona meteorologist says a lot of rain blew, but only for a short period and that it created smaller numbers than expected.
Similar conditions are building up for today in the same area. Less stability is in play, says Cermac, which could bring small hail along with rain and wind.
But, the Weather Service is concerned about flooding today because ground conditions are already saturated from the Tuesday storm.