Phoenix area hit hard by monsoon thunderstorms last week walloped again
Thousands of residents were left without power after the storms
GILBERT, Ariz. – Cleanup efforts are underway – again – across the Phoenix area after powerful monsoon storms rolled through the region Sunday night and Monday morning, just days after thunderstorms first caused damage in the area.
Thousands of people have been left in the dark after the storms knocked down trees and powerlines across the region, according to FOX 10 Phoenix.
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The Arizona Department of Transportation also advised drivers that several roads have been closed due to storm damage, including parts of State Route 87.
There is no estimated time when the road will be reopened, the Arizona DOT continued.
Last week, the city of Gilbert, which is to the southeast of Phoenix, saw heavy damage when monsoon storms moved through the area.
Crews worked hard to clear downed trees and powerlines, and they'll be back at it on Monday after additional storms caused even more damage.
Ariel footage from FOX 10 Phoenix on Monday showed one home destroyed after the storm, with debris scattered across the area. It's unknown if anyone was inside when the home was damaged or if any injuries have been reported.
Other images showed high voltage power lines that were brought down during the storms.
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Storm chasers were out capturing vivid cloud-to-ground lightning that was reported across the Phoenix metro area when the storms rolled through on Sunday evening.
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Tucson-area home burned by lightning last week
Lightning also caused damage in the region last week during the monsoon storms, and at least one home was struck.
One person in the Tucson area said last week that bright lightning and loud thunder made him run outside to see if anything was damaged.
"I went out and checked things out, and everything looked fine," the homeowner said. "And I looked around the neighborhood here, and I didn't see any damage anywhere, so I went back inside."
Things didn't stay quiet for long, however.
"And maybe a half-hour to 45 minutes later, I heard the firetrucks come," he said. "And when I went outside to look, the house behind me had flames coming out of the roof."
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