Severe thunderstorm causes damage in Central, knocks out power

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: A large tree was blown down during the storm and knocked out a utility pole, causing a power disruption for the Central area.

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

CENTRAL – A severe thunderstorm blew through Central Monday afternoon, causing numerous branches to break and at least two large trees to topple.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Utility lines were down along Bigler Avenue.

One tree off Bigler Avenue took out a resident’s wall and the utility pole, knocking out power to the area and closing off the road. A nearby barn also blew down. 

The downed power lines reportedly draped over a vehicle with occupants inside. The electricity was then turned off and the occupants and vehicle were removed safely. No injuries were reported. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: The storm also blew down this tree near the intersection of Whitmer Street and Adams Avenue.

Lightning from the storm also caused a residence that was in the final stages of being built to catch fire and burn to the ground. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Lightning from the storm caught a home that was under construction on fire and burned it to the ground.

As of 5:30 p.m., Graham County Electric Cooperative workers were on the scene with new utility poles, working to remove the debris from Bigler Avenue and restore power to the residences in the area. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Graham County Electric Cooperative employees bring in new poles to help restore the power.

See more photos of the aftermath of the severe thunderstorm here.

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