Normally rains are very welcome here in the summer. Even the quick, heavy downpours provide a much needed relief from a long dry spell. But when the summer rains keep coming, and dumping more rain than most years, the ground can't absorb it and puddles last longer than normal. Add landscape watering to the mix and a bit of wind and sometimes even very large, well-established trees can come tumbling down.
Must have been some good wind in this storm to break a power pole like this. Along one road in Central Phoenix there were a whole line of power poles down and laying in the road. It's going to take some effort to clean up after this one. We now have had more than our normal share of rainfall for the year, and it is only the end of August!