No injuries reported after tornado touches down near Williams

The tornado that touched down within the Junipine Estates group north of Williams Monday afternoon broken houses however left no injuries, in keeping with officers. 

Between eight and 10 houses have been broken because of the EF-1 tornado however no injuries have been reported, in keeping with Coconino County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jon Paxton. Some sheds and fences have been blown away or destroyed by the winds that reached as much as 100 mph, in keeping with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff.  

“Something this strong is pretty rare,” Paxton mentioned.

Robert Trotter, hearth chief of High Country Fire Rescue, mentioned the tornado’s path was a couple of mile. He mentioned moreover the sturdy winds, there have been additionally horizontal rain and hail.

One of the affected houses was lifted off its basis and moved 10 toes, leaving one household displaced, Trotter mentioned. The household had relations within the space they may stick with.

Several RVs have been turned over, roofs have been broken, bushes have been “busted down” and energy poles have been break up in half, Trotter mentioned. A couple of propane tanks moved and have been leaking propane however they have been monitored and secured to verify nothing blew up. 

“It was just really intense storm … lots of trees knocked down. But we’re just thankful that nobody got hurt,” Trotter mentioned. 

Paxton mentioned it’s unclear how many individuals have been displaced because of the damages.

“We are saddened by the impact to this community and the impact to the residents who have lost their homes. At what we thought would be the end of the 2022 Monsoon Season, we must now once again pull together as a community to help our neighbors in need,” said District 3 Supervisor Matt Ryan in a news release. 

The Red Cross opened a shelter for affected folks, which closed Tuesday morning as a result of nobody stayed in a single day, mentioned Melody Birkett, the regional communications director of the Red Cross.

Trotter said as of Tuesday afternoon there were about three homes still without power but crews were working on restoring it. 

“Our thanks go out to our first responders for their swift response to this unexpected weather emergency. As with previous natural disasters, the County will be here to support our community members however we can,” Ryan said in the news release.

Storm activity across Arizona

The Sedona area also received heavy rainfall, hail and flash floods that left more than 30 hikers stranded on Cathedral Rock Trail on Monday, according to the Sedona Fire District. The hikers were across a wash that is usually a dry riverbed, the fire district said in a Facebook post.

Firefighters assisted the “chilly, moist hikers” again to security at the path head. 

Yavapai County also had storm activity with heavy rainfall and hail, specially in the Prescott area, said Paige Swenson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Flagstaff. Swenson said there were strong winds with gusts up to 60 mph reported at the Prescott airport. 

There were also reports of roads that were closed during the storm due to flooding and debris flow, according to Swenson. 

A dust storm rolled into the Valley on Monday with strong winds and gusts between 40 and 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix. 

The winds knocked down a tree in downtown Phoenix. 

Reach breaking information reporter Angela Cordoba Perez at or on Twitter @AngelaCordobaP.

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