Thunderstorm hits Kingman<BR>

A strong thunderstorm with gusts up to 70 mph blasted through the Kingman area Sunday afternoon, flooding streets, damaging residences and businesses, and knocking power out to customers.

Gusty winds, clocked up to 70 mph at the Kingman Airport, blew an air-conditioning unit of a business on Stockton Hill Road, knocked down power lines and poles and blew roofs and awnings off homes and businesses throughout Kingman.

Rain amount was unavailable from the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, but around 2:30 p.m.

there were reports of a quarter-inch of rain in Kingman within 30 minutes.

In Dolan Springs, 3/4-inch diameter hail was also reported.

The weather service said.

Beginning around 3 p.m., customers lost power throughout the city due to debris on power lines.

The number of customers who lost power is unknown at this time but customers in Yucca lost power for up to five hours, said Bill DeJulio, director of electric operations for Citizens Electric.

DeJulio said lightning strikes were seen in Dolan Springs, Kingman, Golden Valley Oatman and Yucca.

Lightning was also believed to have started a one-acre fire on the northbound lanes of Interstate 40 about 12 miles east of Kingman around 1:45 p.m., Pinion Pine fire Chief Joe Jackson said.

Golden Valley firefighters rescued a 69-year-old Golden Valley man whose vehicle became trapped in flooded waters on Chino Drive near McNeil Road around 4 p.m.

The storm also caused damage to numerous homes in Golden Valley, GVFD Capt.

Rudy Barboa said.

Flooded roadways also caused a tour bus with 20 people to be stranded temporally in Dolan Springs, Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokesman Steve Johnson said.

The storm also flooded numerous roads, especially in the Butler area, causing motorists to detour.

The strong winds also flipped an unoccupied mobile home over on Irving Street and Sierra Vista Avenue around 2:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

In a two-hour time span Hualapai Valley firefighters responded to 20 emergency calls in the Butler area.

The storm also caused a brick to slam through a vehicle's window striking a teen-ager in the head.

The youth refused treatment, HVFD Assistant Fire Chief Jim Dykens said.