Mesa residents cleaning up after storm topples trees, tears roofs off homes

People in Mesa are cleaning up after severe storms ripped roofs off houses and uprooted trees on Thursday afternoon.

MESA, Ariz. – People in Mesa are cleaning up after violent storms ripped roofs off houses and toppled trees on Thursday afternoon.

The worst affected areas were near the Higley and McDowell roads in Mesa. The strong winds destroyed carports and broke trees in half.

A woman’s rented house lost its entire roof, down to the insulation.

“It was really scary,” said owner Diane Pearson. “I actually started praying.”

The roof of Pearson’s house is about 6 meters from the house in the street. The roof extends to the inside of the house.

“Before I know it, we get a call,” Pearson said. “Your roof is on the street.”

The storms that rolled through the East Valley were powerful enough to uproot large trees and even carry them over short distances.

At nearby Falcon Field, winds were strong enough to knock a small single-engine plane onto its roof.

“This was like hurricane force,” Pearson said. “This was really bad.”

Weather in Arizona

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