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Night bright: Loud, illuminating storm produces minimal damage in Havasu

August 17, 2018

Minimal damage was reported following Wednesday night’s storm in Lake Havasu City.

According to National Weather Service Meteorologist John Adair, the agency received reports of 1.46 to 1.61 inches of rainfall in areas between the Parker Dam and Crossman Peak. Winds were gusting between 33 and 35 miles per hour during the storm, he added.

“I can tell you that the rainfall rates were very intense, picking up almost an inch in 15 minutes at Crossman’s Peak, to the east of Havasu in those hills,” said Adair. “One of the deciding factors that prompted the (flash flood) warning was so much rainfall in a short time…and of course, all that’s running downhill toward the Colorado River.”

Following the storm, the agency received no reports of damage, according to Adair.

“Maybe the flooding was confined mostly to washes, luckily, and didn’t cause any damage to roads or buildings,” he said, later adding that “none of the sensors in some of the main washes picked up any significant discharge or water rises but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen just not in those particular washes.”

Havasu’s Maintenance Services Division Manager Mark Clark was not immediately available to comment.

“We didn’t have any multi-unit alarm responses last night, I just came on this morning but I had nothing passed onto me from the battalion chief last night that we responded to anything that was damaging at this point,” said Lake Havasu City Fire Department Battalion Chief Jasen Stello.

Adair reports a 10 percent chance of storms is anticipated for Havasu today. While Saturday is forecasted to be dry, he said, moisture will pick up Sunday and then into Monday with a 20 percent chance of storms.

He added that highs are forecast to fall between 108 and 110 degrees through the weekend.

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