How to stay safe during the 2020 Monsoon season in Mesa AZ
Monsoon season officially started in 2020 on June 15th. This week we are finally starting to see it raise its ugly head. Twice this week Maricopa and Pinal counties have been hit by mostly nighttime monsoon winds gusts accompanied by the lightning lighting up the sky that kept my youngest son up way too late last night. There doesn’t look like there will be much of a reprieve from the heat and nighttime storms any time this week. Luckily there doesn’t seem to be much of a risk of flash flooding because the actual rainfall has not been very high and is not expected to increase either.
Usually, monsoon worries are surrounded by thoughts of property damage and flooding. In this case, the winds are definitely an issue and could very easily cause damage to residential or commercial properties. But the main concern, with the current record heatwave, is the potential of the high winds from the storms to damage properties to the point to where they are not able to be climate controlled or damaging utility lines that supply neighborhoods with power. If that happens, there could be a lot of families with spoiled refrigerator and freezer food and no way to keep themselves cool from the heat.
So, what can you do to be prepared? First of all, If you have damage to your property, call SERVPRO of North Central Mesa right away at (480) 553-7103. Next, Be informed with the following resources.
Maricopa County Heat Relief, Cooling station location maps:
(ASU’s RIL Map is great because it contains address and phone number information so you can call ahead to verify their availability to assist you.
Interactive Maps from the National Weather Service
Phoenix/Mesa AZ Monsoon Threat Index: https://www.weather.gov/psr/
Phoenix/Mesa AZ Interactive Live Radar Map: https://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=iwa&product=NCR&overlay=11101111&loop=no
Phoenix AZ Current Conditions and Upcoming Weather alerts:
Mesa-East Valley AZ Current Conditions and Upcoming Weather Alerts:
National Weather Service Social Media
Mesa Area Local Social Profiles for the National Weather Service