Microburst damages dozens of homes in Tohono O'odham Nation
Reporter: Claire Doan
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Weather advisories and warnings need to be taken seriously. If you need proof, look no farther than the Tohono O’odham Nation.
The National Weather Service confirmed that a microburst tore through Santa Rose Village Monday afternoon.
Just minutes of strong gusts and sideways hail caused severe damage to various neighborhoods, leaving a trail of destruction.
The storm damaged 33 homes, tore the roofs off 4 homes and leveled 3 others.
A KGUN9 viewer recorded video as the microburst made its way through the area, with winds of up to 60 miles per hour. Shingles fell off rooftops and debris flew everywhere.
Evangeline Lopez lives on the reservation: “[My son said] it was hailing really bad and the wind was picking up and the truck that parked in the back yard was moving.”
Lopez said this is the first time in decades that she has seen such severe damage in the area.
Displaced families are spending the night in a shelter, as other people continue to clean up the mean from the storm.
So far, there are no reports of injuries or deaths from the microburst.