Saturday, August 30, 2008
Trees down and standing water
We have officially made it into the top 10 wettest monsoons in recorded history. There's still much to clean up after Thursday night's big storm cut power to 80,000 homes, including several thousand in Tempe. That night, more than 1,500 lightning strikes were recorded in a single hour. Wind gusts up to 100 mph blew out windows, blew over power poles, uprooted hundred year old trees and demolished an 8 million dollar indoor athletic building at Arizona State University. As is typical with the hit and miss pathway of the monsoons, my neighborhood got heavy rain but was spared the devastating winds, although I'm less than 3 miles from some of the hardest hit areas.