By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Sources: Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and National Weather Service (Information)
Williams, Arizona: A tornado has ripped through the Junipine Estates community on Monday, October 3rd, 2022.
Picture: Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (Courtesy)
According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, “at 1:30 p.m., the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a weather-related event in the Junipine Estates community, north of Williams. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado ripped through the Junipine community, causing damage to between 8-10 residences. No injuries were immediately reported as the Sheriff’s Office Patrol, Detectives, and Search and Rescue divisions are responding, along with regional public safety resources. Life and property assessments are being evaluated at this time. Further information will be released as it becomes available.”
The National Weather Service in Flagstaff, Arizona is sending a team to the area to assess the damage from the tornado.
“We have received multiple reports of possible tornado damage north of Williams in the Junipine Estates area. Reports include powerlines down and damage to homes and roofs. We will be sending out a team to assess the damage,” said the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The Williams Unified School District are working to bring students by to their homes.
“Greetings: We are aware of the significant weather event in Junipine Estates north of town off 64 near Espee and Buck Ridge. We have toured the area, spoke with CCSO, and are good to go with bringing students home. We will have two drivers on the bus. The roads are closed to residents only and our buses. Power is being restored as we speak with APS. WUSD is working with the Red Cross to establish shelters for those displaced. Our focus this afternoon is getting all students/staff home safe.If you live in Junipine Estates area, we are releasing students to their parents. All students without an adult pickup will be brought back to school for pickup. This is to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Williams Unified School District.
The Arizona Public Service reports an estimated 211 customers in the area are without power.
“We’ve received multiple reports of outages in this area caused by storm related conditions. As the storm passes and it becomes safe field personnel will be dispatched to assess the extent of the damage and restore power,” said the Arizona Public Service.
The power outage area is within the area of Maverick Lane to Honeysuckle Road and Kestrel Lane to Oak Hill in the Williams, Arizona area.
The Arizona Public Service is also reporting that as many as 2,000 power outages from the same storm in parts of Yavapai County, Arizona just south of the tornado strike area.
More details are still coming into ZachNews.