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'I've never seen this in June' Monsoon storm causes damage to property on Southeast side

Trees knocked over due to monsoon storm
Posted at 9:15 PM, Jun 21, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — After the monsoon storms on Friday, June 21 one Tucsonan was left with countless trees knocked over and uprooted on his nine acre property on the Southeast side.

“I’ve never seen this in June,” Leon Gomez said. “I see something like this in July, but never in June.”

Gomez said the storm started between 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm on Friday.

“First we saw the dust moving in and in less than five minutes this heavy wind came,” Gomez said. It also brought rain and hail. “It was really scary,” he said.

He is an arborist and has hundreds of trees on his property. Plenty of them had damage to them, but that wasn’t his concern

“A lot of birds got killed, and the trees we can fix it, but I feel bad for the birds,” Gomez said. He was also looking for four baby owls that went missing from a treed after the storm.

Despite everything, he kept a pretty positive attitude. He said, “We got a lot of work, we got a lot of work, but we can take care of it.”

Madison Thomas joined KGUN 9 in July of 2023 as a multimedia journalist. She graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2023 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She has lived in Arizona her entire life and grew up in Douglas. Madison is thrilled to share the stories from the community she grew up in. Share your story ideas and important issues with Madison by emailing or by connecting on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.