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Tue, Feb. 18

Kingman residents clean up after storm

Residents of Kingman and surrounding areas spent Monday cleaning up after a Sunday afternoon's powerful storm.

Winds clocked up to 70 mph at the Kingman airport that knocked down power lines and blew roofs and awnings off homes and businesses throughout the city.

One large elm tree paid an unexpected visit to the front porch of a home in the 4200 block of Roosevelt Street.

Damage to the home appeared to be minimal but could not be verified until the tree has been removed, according to the homeowner, Kathleen Quimbly.

"It blew the door open and made a terrible sound," Quimbly said.

"We were planning to trim it (the tree) in the fall.

It is very unusual to have this happen in Kingman."

Quimbly, who has lived in the house for 14 years, said the wind blew a roof fan from a neighbor's roof across the street where it ended up under the downed tree in her front yard.

Another smaller tree blew down in another Kingman neighborhood but missed a home in the 1000 block of Garden Crest Drive.

Homeowners Vonnie and Gary Ross were in the back yard moving patio furniture out from the wind-whipped rain when they saw a camphor tree fall over in their front yard.

The tree did no damage.

"I lived through three tornados, several micro bursts, but this is the first tree I had go down," Gary Ross said.

The tree ended up where their children's car had been parked on the street about an hour earlier.

"It was lucky the way the wind was blowing away from the house," Vonnie Ross said.

"The rain was going almost straight across."

Mohave County Sheriff's Office pilot Frank Holmes also had a close call when the strong winds blew out a four-foot by four-foot glass window in his house just seconds after he stepped away from it.

"My wife called me away from the window at the last minute," Holmes said.

"Otherwise 16 to 18-inches of shards of glass would have lacerated me.

I'm walking around today with all smiles.

I'm grateful to the Mrs."

Holmes said the strong winds caused about $30,000 damage to his home in the 4200 block of Lomita Avenue.

Blake Chapman, city street superintendent, said there was no major damage but cleanup in the city will continue throughout the week.

About .87 of an inch of rain was recorded at the Kingman Airport during Sunday's storm.

There were also reports of .25 inches of rain fell within 30 minutes.

Joe Gacioch, Allstate corporate relations manager, said that 23 claims were made due to the weekend's storm; about half of the claims were filed due to Friday's hailstorm that damaged a number of vehicles near the Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course and in the downtown area.

The other half of the claims were from wind damage mainly from roofs, caused during Sunday's windstorm, he said.

The strong winds Sunday also flipped over an unoccupied mobile home over on Benton Street near Sierra Vista Avenue.

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