Weather Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Monsoon 2017 season kicks off with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, and lightning causing power outage and little damage.

Weather Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Monsoon 2017 season kicks off with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, and lightning causing power outage and little damage.

The wait is over as Monsoon 2017 season kicks off in the Colorado River Tri-State with gusty winds, blowing dust, rain, thunder, lightning, and a power outage late Saturday, July 8th, 2017.

** Interactive Weather Radar Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Storms began to approach Colorado River communities just before 8:00pm PT and as this picture of the Interactive Weather Radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 showed, moderate to heavy rain with possible thunder and lightning heading towards the Colorado River communities of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Parker, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; and soon Needles, California.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez began reporting Live at ZachNews on Facebook of the approaching storms and soon capture blowing dust and lightning in the clouds beginning to move over the Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona area.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Lightning with some thunder created a light show over Downtown Needles, California which in a power outage.

Residents and businesses along Front Street, West Broadway, D Street, J Street, and Third Street were affected by the power outage.

Utility crews were seen racing down streets to fix the problem well first responses, including San Bernardino County Fire Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, were also seen checking the area for any problems.

Power was later restored at around 8:47pm PT to the Downtown Needles, California.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Well continuing to report on the storm and power being restored, ZachNews was alerted of sparks and a possible fire on a utility pole behind Stain Vices de Paul Thrift Store near F Street and Front Street.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Utility crews from the City of Needles and first responses, including San Bernardino County Fire Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and Baker Emergency Medical Service, arrived to the scene of the sparking utility pole.

ZachNews later learned that it was an electrical fuse that was sparking, not a transformer.

There was no fires sparked onto any near by buildings from the electrical fuse and nobody was injured.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The light show of lightning with some thunder continued into the night moving along the Colorado River before dissipating.

** Picture from Sam Johnson: **

ZachNews received this picture from Sam Johnson from Downtown Needles, California of a flag pole in front of the City of Needles Administration building on Third Street leaning after the storm.

More chances of showers and thunderstorms are still possible for Sunday, Monday, and even for next Saturday.

Residents and businesses such have an emergency storm kit prepared and ready to go in case of a storm related emergency and when flooding occurs to near dry creeks, channels, or rivers, never get into the flash flooded water or drive into a flooded roadway.

Stay tuned to ZachNews as Monsoon 2017 is just starting and we’ll be reporting on the storms Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

Also check out the KNBC Channel 4’s Interactive Weather Map for the latest in where the Monsoon storms are located.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/weather/maps/122192669.html

Please Be Prepare and Stay Safe Everybody!!

** Picture Above from ZachNews: **

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