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The Latest: Power outage is relocating some Phoenix seniors

July 31, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona storm that caused power outages, downed trees and damaged roofs. (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Phoenix Fire Department crews have been called out to a senior housing facility to assist staff in relocating residents due to a power outage.

They say the outage at the Washington Manor Senior facility started during Monday night’s storm.

Firefighters are assisting staff with informing residents and relocating them to the ground floor.

In some cases, this involves firefighters carrying people down one or more flights of stairs and some of those seniors are in wheelchairs.

Phoenix fire crews also are bringing portable generators and two portable three-ton air conditioners to keep residents cool prior to being moved to the McDowell Place Senior Service Center and for those residents who choose to stay.

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7:45 a.m.

Authorities say an 89-year-old woman died after being removed from her burning house in metro Phoenix and that investigators preliminarily believe a lightning strike started the fire.

The house fire occurred Monday night in Sun City as storms lashed the metro area with strong winds and rains.

Maricopa County sheriff’s Sgt. Joaquin Enriquez said firefighters responding to the fire removed the woman from the home and started CPR after finding her unconscious and unresponsive in a bedroom.

Enriquez says the woman was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her identity wasn’t released.

Enriquez says the investigation into the fire’s cause continued Tuesday.

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7:25 a.m.

Phoenix police say traffic signals weren’t working at multiple major intersections at the start of the Tuesday morning commute following a Monday night storm with strong winds that caused power outages, downed trees and damaged roofs.

The National Weather Service reported that Glendale Municipal Airport and Phoenix Deer Valley Airport had winds of 74 mph (119 kph) while Luke Air Force Base in Glendale had winds up to 69 mph (111 kph)

Winds blew down trees and power lines along with part of a roof of a building at an apartment complex in Glendale.

Arizona Public Service Co. and Salt River Project reported that a total of more than 120,000 customers were without power Monday night but that at least 100,000 of those had power restored by Tuesday morning.

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