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Sep 7, 2013 1:41 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Monsoon storm rips off barn roof, sends pieces flying into car

TUCSON- Monsoon 2013 packed a punch across Tucson Friday night, downing power poles, flooding roads and knocking off roofs.

"It was instantaneous, I was inside the store and it was just this hurricane," says Frank Dean Moreno Jr., who owns Tanque Verde Hay & Feed at 11050 E Tanque Verde Rd.

At around 2:30pm Moreno says the storm rolled in, ripping off the roof of his barn that stores hay. The wind blew the pieces 30 to 50 yards to Tanque Verde Rd. "So it was strewn all over the road and across the road, all over the place," Moreno says.

In fact, the wind sent once piece busting through the back of Driver Melanie Olson's car. She says at the moment it looked like a flying house coming toward her. "When I saw the thing come towards my car I thought I was going to die, it was scary, it was really scary," Olson says.

The car is now in need of repair, but Olson is just grateful she wasn't injured.

Moreno feels the same, considering this is one of the strongest storms in that area he can recall in quite some time. "It's miraculous that there were no injuries on the road, or here on the property," Moreno says.


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