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Possible dust devil damages home on the Eastside

Posted at 8:21 PM, May 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-28 23:21:50-04

When weather in Southern Arizona gets hotter and drier many dust devils begin. Dust devils usually occur during the months of May and June. 

While they seem innocent one family on the Eastside experienced how powerful one can be. 

Ron Hunt and his wife were enjoying their Saturday afternoon when suddenly, they heard a bang.

"It was like a cannon went off on the roof," says Ron Hunt. 

That bang left the roof of their Eastside home near 22nd and Wilmot lifted. The damage was visible from the front of the home. 

"A dust devil came up here but it wasn't a normal looking dust devil," says Hunt. "It was really heavy, strong and spinning really fast."

The couple watched as the dust devil made it's way from the alley directly across the street. 

Their neighbor, Robert Baltran drove directly through the dust devil. He says, "it had no intentions of stopping."

"It was like a microburst," says Baltran. " My Durango started shaking and I looked at the trees and I just saw the dust devil shoot across the street and hit their house." 

No other homes in the neighborhood were damaged. 

The Hunts tell KGUN 9 that while there is significant damage on the roof -- there are cracks on the ceiling inside the home.

The owners are just thankful their roof didn't cave in.