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7/27/2013 6:01:00 AM
Extra helping of moisture
Storm dumps 1.48 inches in Prescott; Ruger roof collapses
Eric Adam/Courtesy photoWater runs unchecked in Miller Creek near Dougherty Street in Prescott Wednesday.
Eric Adam/Courtesy photo
Water runs unchecked in Miller Creek near Dougherty Street in Prescott Wednesday.
Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - A storm that started Thursday afternoon dumped 1.48 inches as of 10 a.m. Friday, caused a portion of the roof to collapse at Sturm, Ruger & Co., and triggered lightning that struck an elderly man.

Sturm Ruger issued a news release via Business Wire Friday stating heavy rainfall caused a portion of the roof to collapse Thursday at its plant near the Prescott Airport. No one was injured.

"The company is in the process of undertaking repairs and expects to be back in production soon," the news release stated.

Mark Lang, group vice president for Sturm Ruger, was unavailable for comment. However, a person at the scene who wished to remain anonymous left a voicemail message: "It was terrifying. They evacuated the whole building. The ceiling opened up. A flood of water came in. ... It went everywhere, all over the machine, all over everybody. The roof caved in."

The storm dumped 1.48 inches of rain at the measuring station at the airport, said Chris Outler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff. The downpour started around 3 p.m. Thursday.

The rainfall "for a daily total is pretty impressive," Outler said. He said the storm brought total precipitation for July to 2.57 inches, 164 percent above the normal average of 1.57 inches.

"It has been a fairly active monsoon" throughout Arizona over the past month, he said. He described active as meaning rainfall has occurred off and on since the monsoon started a month ago.

"We have had abundant moisture settling over the state for the past week, and (Thursday) we had the favorable wind pattern to bring the storms down to Yavapai County as a whole," Outler said.

He said chances of rain will continue through today.

"The moisture we have right now will diminish a tad," he said. "So activity will become more isolated or scattered as of about Sunday."

Outler expects the downtrend to continue through midweek, with rainfall resuming by next Friday or Saturday.

His agency reported that lightning killed two people at a scenic overlook Tuesday near Jacob Lake in Northern Arizona, bringing the total lightning deaths nationwide this year to 14, the Associated Press reported.

A 75-year-old Prescott man was fortunate that he did not become a statistic, according to Lt. Ken Morley of the Prescott Police Department.

A police officer responded to a call at 3:20 Thursday p.m. to the Antelope Hills Golf Course about the Prescott man, later identified as Roy Row, being struck by lightning on the 18th hole on the north course. Lightning struck Row's hat and left a burn mark, Morley said.

Another man who had been playing golf with Row and three others said they decided to leave the course when a storm and lightning approached. A bolt of lightning knocked the other man to the ground but did not hurt him, the police report stated.

However, the man saw Row lying on the fairway about 10 feet away. The two other golfing partners noticed he was not breathing, and they administered CPR.

"He was not breathing and had no pulse," Rob Zazueta of the Chino Valley Fire District said. "We got a pulse right before he was loaded on the gurney.

Crews from engine E-611 of the fire district and Life Line Ambulance tended to Row. Paramedics informed police that Row was conscious and semi-responsive but was not speaking.

The ambulance took Row to the West Campus of Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott.

Nurses told the officer Row was conscious and speaking but had sustained burns to his face and chest.

Row was reported in stable condition as of Friday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Robbie Nicol said.

Morley credits three firefighters from Chino Valley for saving Row's life. The firefighters were covering Station 73 for the Prescott Fire Department, which is recovering from the deaths of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots June 30 in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Zazueta said, "Our crews did a fantastic job, and we're proud of the positive outcome."

After the storm, Chino Valley fire crews responded to a rear-end collision on northbound Highway 89. Vehicles sustained heavy damage, but no serious injuries were reported, Zazueta said.



Heidi Dahms Foster of the Chino Valley Review contributed to this story.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013
Article comment by: Joan Preston

The most obvious issue with the drivers during this storm was those who did not think to turn on their lights. Some states have laws that if you are running your windsheld wipers, you must turn on your headlights which will also mean your taillights will be on. Gray and darker-colored cars were nearly invisible without lights.

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: Jack May

I guess you could say that the roof was "SHOT" to heck.

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: quality gunmaker?

They can't keep a roof over their heads and they make guns?
Typical of the gun culture.


Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Article comment by: An American

I have live in this state my whole life, built many large commercial buildings, almost every time a grocery store or large structures roof collapses it is because no one cleaned the roof drains.

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Van Krunk

@sign from above, are there really people as dense as you? Lord help us! You do know its an old building, right?? (Please see "US Motors")

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: at sign from above

no it isn't a sign from above it simply means that there roof couldn't handle all the rain and now they need a new roof.

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: A M

TO: Collisions are not Accidents

RE: "You were almost involved in a collision, not an accident." Wrong. By definition, a collision involves only moving objects. The driver states that the car in front of him had stopped, thus it could not have been a collision. And WAS indeed an accident.


Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: @ sign from above

Nope.

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: dennis gaither

Thursday's news on Saturday.

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Marianne Elizabeth Vangalio

WOW! What a story.
Just read this past week 10 people were stuck by lightning in Colorado and 3 in Mont.
Praying Mr. Row will recover quickly. Thank God his friends knew how to revive him.
Thank God for all firefighters.


Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Collisions are not Accidents

TO: i (sic) was driving last night

You were almost involved in a collision, not an accident. You are responsible for driving in a manner that is reasonable and prudent for the circumstances. Contrary to popular and erroneous belief, wet roads are not an excuse to crash into another vehicle.


Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Foot out the Door

Hopefully the roof collapse didn't spook the guns into randomly shooting people!

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Alan Whitney

sign from above wondered:

"roof (sic) collapses on gun production--sign from above??"

Probably not, but your post may well be a sigh from below...


Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Picky Picky

The article states, "Outler said the storm brought total precipitation for July to 2.57 inches, 164 percent above the normal average of 1.57 inches." The correct way to state this would be "2.57 inches, 64 percent above the normal average of 1.57 inches." Or, "2.57 inches, 1.64 percent of the normal average of 1.57 inches." Anyway you say it is a fair amount of much needed rain.

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: To : I Was Driving Last Night

If you rear end someone you are always legally liable. That's why you need to leave enough room to stop between yourself and the car in front at all times.

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: i was driving last night and almost got in an accident

I was driving last night through the dells and some jerk decides to stop in the middle of street almost causing me and another car in front to hit him. why can people pull over on the side of the road and wait till the storm ends then to stop in the middle of the road and almost cause accidents. we wanted to get home and people like that one that stopped in the middle of the road are the ones that cause accidents. PULL OVER!!!!!!!

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: Hava Javelina

At my house near Whipple and Merritt, 3.6 inches have fallen this month, including the storm on the 30th of June, and I have the weeds to prove it!

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: sign from above

roof collapses on gun production--sign from above??

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Article comment by: azlaydey Arizonan

I was driving in the storm on Thursday. I could barely see through the driving rain. Then I was almost back ended by a jerk in a large SUV who was driving right on my tail through the Chino roundabout......... Why don't people leave some distance between vehicles especially under difficult road conditions. They are not going to get to their destination more then a few minutes sooner when they don't hit another vehicle.



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