A strong storm hit Apache Junction at about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31. The storm downed power lines on Tomahawk Road and washed mud into roads. According to the National Weather Service in Phoenix, the storm was unofficially a microburst. To make it official, someone has to go out and look at the damage pattern, an NWS meterologist said by phone.
Kathy and Rick Hansen watched from the corner of Idaho and Lost Dutchman as another storm started rolling in.
“It’s one of the best spots to look around, a good example is that right there (a lightning bolt),” Ms. Hansen said, as she gestured toward the Superstition Mountains. Mr. Hansen said they only go storm chasing when there are really large storms.
“Just the big ones, we don’t do the small ones. I mostly go after lightning pictures,” Mr. Hansen said.
Ms. Hansen said the last major storm they chased was about three years ago.
“And that’s when they had a water rescue not far from here, and a Department of Public Safety helicopter was coming down to reduce a couple who was stranded in a vehicle,” Ms. Hansen said. “The stupid motorist law is there for a reason.”
Jeff Herring and Charmaine Ewers had some damage at their house, near Superstition Boulevard but they did not lose power.
“A fence down and I have a wash, and it was full to the top,” Mr. Herring said.
“Man, that wind I’ll tell you, that wind was coming just like this,” Ms. Ewers said while moving her hands in a sideways motion.
Ms. Ewers said they did not lose power at her home but she did turn off the TV because it kept going on and off. Mr. Herring said they had seen some downed trees during their survey of the damage.
“(The trees) we know have been there for 50 years,” Mr. Herring said