Each year, the monsoon – June 15 through Sept. 30 – brings the threat of major storms and potential dangers to the otherwise arid desert landscape. Dust, strong winds, lightning and flooding are common side effects of the monster storms.
Capt. Scott Walker of the Phoenix Fire Department said downed power lines are a large threat during the monsoon because of the thunderstorms.
“Just because it’s not sparking at one point doesn’t mean it’s not going to change,” he said.
Walker recommended staying far away from any downed lines because they can jump several feet if they become energized.
“Ahwatukee is pretty good because it’s a newer area and most lines are underground and water is drained properly,” Walker said. “There aren’t nearly as many problems in Ahwatukee as there are in other parts of the Valley.”
The dust storms coming from the Southeast may be what affects the city most, Walker said. Dust storms can come suddenly and reduce visibility to zero. He recommended drivers pull well off the road and turn their lights off so other drivers don’t think they are still moving.
Jolie McCullough is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.