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Monsoon cuts power to 400, swamps streets

Tucson fire Capt. Ben Williams inspects the damage where the roof blew off a home at 2402 S.Tucson Stravenue on Thursday afternoon. The home was vacant, firefighters said.

Tucson fire Capt. Ben Williams inspects the damage where the roof blew off a home at 2402 S.Tucson Stravenue on Thursday afternoon. The home was vacant, firefighters said.

Brief but severe storms hit most of Tucson on Thursday.

Most of the storms had moved east of Tucson by 7:30 p.m., a spokesman for the National Weather Service said.

Severe rain flooded the Stone Avenue underpass, closing lanes in both directions, a Tucson Department of Transportation spokesman said.

Tucson Electric Power Co. had more than 400 customers without power in the area Thursday afternoon, a spokesman said.

The storm included gusts of up to 60 mph, and there were reports of widespread pea-size hail. Rain fell in some areas at a rate of 2 inches an hour.

The rain caused flash flooding, mostly on the South and West sides, leading to the closing of a handful of roads.

Pima County Department of Transportation announced the following road closures as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday:

• Mission Road from Valencia to Drexel roads

• Silverbell Road from Sweetwater Drive to Ina Road

An unidentified bicyclist uses a plastic bag to shield himself from the rain as he rides along the Santa Cruz River near Congress Street.

An unidentified bicyclist uses a plastic bag to shield himself from the rain as he rides along the Santa Cruz River near Congress Street.

City workers Juan Arvizu (left) and Barry Myers get rid of mud from a flooded underpass on North Stone Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

City workers Juan Arvizu (left) and Barry Myers get rid of mud from a flooded underpass on North Stone Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

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On the Web

Road Closure Map

http://www.dot.pima.gov/gis/maps/closures/

Road Conditions

roadprojects.pima.gov

Rain and Stream Gauges

alert.rfcd.pima.gov

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