CREATED Jul. 15, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Parts of Tucson took a brutal beating Monday night, courtesy of Mother Nature.
Rita Ranch bore much of the brunt.
Just northeast of Rita Road and Old Vail, the damage here spoke for itself.
Our crews found massive trees ripped out of the ground by their roots and shingles scattered in the street.
Residents there described it as a hurricane headed west.
"We thought it had broken windows in the house because it started to hail so hard."
"There were flash floods, water all over the roadways."
Now, neighbors survey the damage.
For Emily Lance, it's not the fallen tree that blows her away.
It's where the tree fell.
9OYS reporter Maggie Vespa asked, "Did you see what was under it right away?"
"I did," said Lance. "I knew my car had been parked there for a while."
Some see a bright side.
"The first thing I thought was 'tree house'!" said Lance's son Malakai.
But it's not so easy for Jacob Lozano, who looked out the window during the storm.
"I saw the tree roots, and I knew it fell over," he said.
Vespa said, "The truck had no chance."
"No," said Lozano. "It's like a tin can."
Residents say the storm rolled through in 15 minutes, taking out cacti and baskeball hoops, and ripping rooftops to shreds.
Over on Nexus it made for a long day for Tucson city workers, but miraculously our cameras were unable to find any houses or buildings with serious damage.
It's a point that marks a calming theme in the area.
"Glad it wasn't the house," said Lozano. "Glad we still have a roof over our heads. Glad nobody was out here."
"Yeah, good thing you didn't have a tree house in there huh?" Lance asked her son.
"Yeah," he responded.
Authorities tell us there are no reports of injuries as a result of these storms, but this is the second round of violent storms this neighborhood has seen in two weeks.
They say they're ready for monsoon season to wrap up.