Teens struck by lightning as monsoon storm batters the Valley

PHOENIX (KSAZ/AP) -- El Mirage police say two 13-year-old boys were struck by lightning at Moreno Park as a monsoon storm battered the Valley on Wednesday.

In a phone interview with Sgt. Robert Peoples on FOX 10 News at 9, Sgt. Peoples said both teens were taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital, with one in stable condition and the other in critical but stable condition.

Police on Thursday said the boy who is in critical but stable condition is in the ICU and is showing signs of improvement.



The incident came, as the second monsoon storm in as many days has battered the Valley with dust, rain, and destruction. Parts of the Valley, including Scottsdale, saw heavy rain.

The storms downed trees and power lines. Sections of several major streets in Scottsdale remained closed Thursday morning and a large tree fell into a Tempe apartment complex's swimming pool.

Meanwhile, FOX 10 was at the scene of a power line that was down in Scottsdale, near Deer Valley Road and Scottsdale Road.



Local power companies have also reported a number of power outages. APS officials say most of its customers have had their power restored, as of Thursday morning.

SRP officials, meanwhile, told FOX 10's Matt Rodewald that 46,809 customers were without power at one point. As of Thursday morning, just over 3,000 customers were still without power.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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