Severe storm blows through Safford

Photo By Bryce Carter: The storm damaged the area behind the Cheecharrone Sk8 Shop at 201 E. U.S. Highway 70.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A severe thunderstorm blew through Safford late Sunday afternoon, causing numerous incidents of property damage and knocking out the power in some places until 10:30 p.m. 

Contributed Photo: This apartment complex’s roof was ripped off by the storm.

The storm brought a quick deluge of rain and even some hail, but it was the wind that did the most damage.

Photo By Clay Mayhew: The Quality Inn sign was damaged in the storm.
Photo By Lori Garcia: This tree toppled in the storm Sunday afternoon.

The Gila Herald has received reports of toppled trees – including one that fell on a car – a ripped-off roof from an apartment, a tipped-over trailer, a business off U.S. Highway 70 was damaged, and numerous other instances of property damage from the storm. 

Several streets were also flooded from the rain. 

Safford resident Patti Cervantez described being in the path of the storm.

“It was like a small tornado hit,” Cervantez said. “Homes near the church on Catalina took big hits. Trees were on houses, roofs damaged. (The) electricity finally came back around 10:30 p.m..”

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Photo By Lori Garcia: The aftermath of the storm.
Photo By Patti Cervantez: This tree toppled on Catalina Street.
Photo By Debbie Hargis: Downed Mesquite in Safford. Efforts to protect the windshield with a tarp worked.
Photo By Clay Mayhew: This photo shows multiple downed power lines, including a transformer.
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