Storms Slam Phoenix, 70,000 Without Power

Tens of thousands of people in Phoenix remain without power after a severe thunderstorm tracked over the city on Monday night.

At one point on Monday night, over 70,000 electric customers were without power between Arizona Public Service Co. and Utilities Salt River Project, two of the electric companies in Phoenix.

As of early Wednesday morning, approximately 6,000 were still without power as crews continued to work on restoration efforts.

The Phoenix Zoo was also closed on Tuesday to allow crews to clean up fallen trees, but the zoo said on Twitter that all of the animals were well and accounted for.

To help deal with the power outages, both ADP and SRP said that customers can pick up bags of ice for free to keep the food in their refrigerators cold.

While this may have helped keep people’s food cold, it will not help them stay cool in the summer heat.