Monsoon storm batters metro Phoenix, causing thousands to lose power



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PHOENIX — A severe monsoon storm left thousands in metropolitan Phoenix without power this morning.

Some residents woke up Sunday to find last night's storm had left a trail of uprooted trees and down utility poles.

Utility officials say more than 33,000 people across Phoenix had no electricity.

Arizona Public Service says 23,000 of their customers lost power.

APS spokesman Steven Gotfried said that 2,600 customers were still without power Sunday afternoon and it was unknown when power would return.

Salt River Project says nearly 10,000 households initially lost power late Saturday.

SRP spokesman Scott Harelson says fewer than 100 customers were still waiting but would likely have power back by mid-day.

Harelson says most of the outages were relegated to eastern suburbs including Mesa, Apache Junction and Queen Creek.

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