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“Always Best Care of Mesa is very easy to work with. The owner, John, made us feel very good. The caregivers themselves are extremely good, and we're very happy with them. They are very receptive and always asking what they can do to help out. They are always willing to do anything that we've asked them to do, and they're very personable when talking to my dad when he needs someone to talk to. They provide basic assistance like preparing meals, cleaning around the house, helping with my dad's hygiene, and other non-medical assistance. The agency is extremely flexible in changing schedules when needed, and very responsive whenever I have questions. They are a very good agency and I highly recommend them. Definitely consider them when looking for home care. Their rates are extremely competitive, if not the best, and their people are very professional and caring.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Gold Canyon, AZ work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Gold Canyon, AZ, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Gold Canyon, AZ gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Gold Canyon,AZ understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Gold Canyon home is collapsing, so why won’t insurance cover it?

Engineers say a support beam over the garage is too small and is now weakening under the pressure of the Hammond's home.GOLD CANYON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- If your house floods or catches fire, your insurance company will usually accept the claim and pay for any damages. But what happens if your home is caving in?Lynda Hammond and her husband have enjoyed their Gold Canyon home and picturesque surroundings for seven years. “This is one of my favorite places to be in the world outside with the beautiful Superstitions in ...

Engineers say a support beam over the garage is too small and is now weakening under the pressure of the Hammond's home.

GOLD CANYON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- If your house floods or catches fire, your insurance company will usually accept the claim and pay for any damages. But what happens if your home is caving in?

Lynda Hammond and her husband have enjoyed their Gold Canyon home and picturesque surroundings for seven years. “This is one of my favorite places to be in the world outside with the beautiful Superstitions in the background,” Lynda said. “I love the view. I mean, the view sold me on this house, and we would come up here, and the breeze would be blowing.”

But back in December, the couple started noticing issues. Water was leaking in a corner upstairs, and the floor suddenly sloped, dropping a few inches. Cracks appeared, and the flooring on the deck started to buckle. “We called a structural engineer who said to immediately put the beams up,” Lynda said. “They said if we didn’t put those beams up, it most likely, about 90% chance, would have just caved in, taking us with it.”

Lynda is talking about a series of vertical, wooden beams in the middle of the garage that are supporting and keeping the second floor from collapsing. Engineers say a support beam over the garage is too small and is now weakening under the pressure of the home. “That beam in itself is carrying the whole load to the middle section of the house on the second floor,” said Scott Lance, a construction expert who was called in to fix the issue. “And if that was to let loose it would be a catastrophic failure.”

The vertical beams keeping their home from caving in are only temporary until a permanent solution is found. So, Lynda and her husband filed a claim with their insurance company, Farmers Insurance. After all, their policy specifically states that it covers a collapse. “Called the insurance company, figured no problem,” Lynda said. “I mean, you’ve got a collapse here. They told us it’s not a collapse. And that is absurd. It’s a collapse!”

According to Lynda, Farmers Insurance told her the house has to collapse and fall in before they can get involved. Until then, their claim kept getting denied. That’s when Lynda reached out to On Your Side. “I’m hoping by calling you guys that maybe we can get something done because to be honest with you, you’re the first people that have ever listened to us,” she said. “And for that I’m very grateful.”

On Your Side asked Farmers Insurance to look into the issue again. They did and determined the couple’s predicament wasn’t covered. If you look at the policy, it says the collapse must be “sudden” and an “actual and complete falling down.” It goes on to say that the “substantial impairment” of a building structure without a “complete falling down” is not considered a collapse. So, if the second floor had collapsed out of the blue, it likely would have been covered. And since the couple was able to catch it before a total failure, it’s not covered.

That’s heartbreaking for Lynda, whose beloved deck, with its views of the Superstitions, is now too dangerous to use. “It’s frustrating since one of my favorite places in the world is broken, you know?” she said.

Farmers Insurance says if a structural engineer brings them new information, they’re happy to take another look at the claim. Lynda and her husband are now exploring other options to cover the repairs, with a cost that could reach six digits.

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These are the Best Times to Visit the Grand Canyon

Here are the best times to visit Grand Canyon National Park for fewer crowds, ideal weather, and a better trip.0 seconds of 1 minute, 11 secondsVolume 0%This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 224003)One of the best-known national parks in the United States, the Grand Canyon attracts roughly five million visitors every year. People from all over the world come to northern Arizona to see the vast, mile-deep, 277-mile-long canyon....

Here are the best times to visit Grand Canyon National Park for fewer crowds, ideal weather, and a better trip.

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One of the best-known national parks in the United States, the Grand Canyon attracts roughly five million visitors every year. People from all over the world come to northern Arizona to see the vast, mile-deep, 277-mile-long canyon.

Grand Canyon National Park tends to be the most crowded from late May to early September, when children are out of school and families are more apt to take summer vacations. When planning a trip, decide whether you're interested in hiking, whitewater rafting, or camping — all of which are very weather-dependent, and may be better suited to certain times of year. Here is a breakdown of the tourist seasons:

Whether you're looking for an adrenaline-pumping experience at Grand Canyon West's Skywalk or you prefer to leisurely enjoy the amazing natural views, these are the best times to visit the Grand Canyon.

Best Times to Visit the Grand Canyon for Smaller Crowds

The park gets packed in June, so try to avoid that time if possible. The more flexible you can be, the better, as spring and fall are generally less crowded. If you can visit during the low season, from November to March, you won't encounter crowds, but you'll need to plan ahead since parts of the park may be closed. Try to visit the South Rim, easily the most popular area in the park (and one of the entrances that remains open all year), in the fall to enjoy great weather and fewer crowds.

Several sections of the park are worth visiting — the North Rim and the South Rim, as well as Grand Canyon West, which technically isn't part of Grand Canyon National Park. Each area has its advantages and attractions, but you may need to narrow down which one(s) you have time to visit because of the long driving distances between them. The North Rim is the most remote and tends to be less crowded even during the high season since it takes an extra four hours to reach by car from the South Rim. Grand Canyon West is also about a four-hour drive from the South Rim (or a seven-hour drive from the North Rim), so if experiencing the Skywalk is on your list, plan accordingly.

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Best Times to Visit the Grand Canyon for Good Weather

Weather in the Grand Canyon is at its best between April and June, when rainfall averages are low and temperatures have not yet reached their scorching summer highs. Temperatures can drop below freezing as early as September, so wear layers if you're planning to visit in the late summer or early fall.

While early summer ushers in the best weather across all of the Grand Canyon, it's also the busiest time of year to visit. Temperatures vary quite widely throughout the park — they can be anywhere from the low 40s to the mid-80s between June and August — but the North Rim is almost always the cooler stretch of the Grand Canyon. Note that this section of the park does shut down entirely during the winter, except for backcountry camping and cross-country skiing. For access to all the North Rim's best lodging and restaurant options, plan your trip between May and October.

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Best Times to Visit the Grand Canyon for Lower Prices

To save on flights, accommodations, rental cars, and other travel expenses, keep in mind that prices tend to dip during the winter, spring, and fall. While the Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit costs $35, you can save on admission four days of the year during national park free days: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday on January 16, the first day of National Park Week on April 22, the Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act on August 4, and Veteran's Day on November 11.

The National Park Service also offers annual passes for $80, and several categories of guests are entitled to a free one, including former and current members of the U.S. military, Gold Star Families, those with permanent disabilities, and fourth graders, who can get a complimentary annual pass by signing up through the Every Kid Outdoors website. Seniors ages 62 and up have the option of paying $20 for a discounted annual pass or $80 for a lifetime pass.

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Best Times to Visit Grand Canyon West

Although not part of the National Park System, Grand Canyon West offers accessible attractions year-round, including helicopter and pontoon tours, zip line adventures, shopping, and dining. Extending 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon, the glass floors of the Skywalk offer visitors a unique perspective of the gorge below. You'll also have a chance to check out Hualapai Point, where you can learn more about the Hualapai Tribe by meeting community members and viewing cultural performances and historical artifacts.

Spring is the perfect time to visit for those who want to take a whitewater rafting trip, many of which depart from here. Winter is the least popular time to visit the area and, therefore, the most peaceful time. Grand Canyon West is open every day of the year, and you should plan to arrive early to enjoy all this area has to offer.

Worst Times to Visit the Grand Canyon

July and August are the hottest and busiest months in the park, making them less ideal times to explore the Grand Canyon than during spring or autumn. Temperatures in the canyon often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, making hikes unenjoyable (and at times, dangerous) during the heat of the day. Summer can also bring thunderstorms, which are typically brief but dramatic. If you're interested in checking out the North Rim, definitely don't visit during the winter, when all roads, restaurants, and accommodations are closed. It really depends on what you're trying to avoid: large crowds, hot weather, or cold weather.

If you really must visit the Grand Canyon in the height of summer (school schedules are tough, we get it!), at least aim to visit the North Rim. Thanks to its distance from the South Rim and Grand Canyon West, you'll likely encounter fewer visitors — and typically enjoy cooler temperatures.

Update: Insurance company takes second look at collapsing Gold Canyon home

Thanks to an On Your Side report, Farmers Insurance is taking another look at a Gold Canyon couple's house that's caving in.GOLD CANYON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — We have an update on a Gold Canyon couple whose home is literally caving in. Their insurance company says it won’t cover the problem. After our report aired, the company is taking a second look. Farmers Insurance sent a structural engineer to inspect Lynda Hammond’s and her husband’s home.The couple’s house is falling in, due to what is bel...

Thanks to an On Your Side report, Farmers Insurance is taking another look at a Gold Canyon couple's house that's caving in.

GOLD CANYON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — We have an update on a Gold Canyon couple whose home is literally caving in. Their insurance company says it won’t cover the problem. After our report aired, the company is taking a second look. Farmers Insurance sent a structural engineer to inspect Lynda Hammond’s and her husband’s home.

The couple’s house is falling in, due to what is believed to be a major structural mistake. “Since the ceiling is opened, we have discovered and been told by other experts that the beams are going in the wrong direction,” Hammond said. “They will not hold the weight that we have upstairs. And that has been the problem all along.”

In a previous On Your Side report, Hammond explained how the upper level of their home began to show signs of caving in. A golf ball illustrated how the floor has gradually sloped a few inches. And the flooring on their balcony is splintering because it’s starting to buckle.

To save the home from collapsing, a construction crew placed vertical beams in the garage to give more support. The couple submitted a claim to Farmers Insurance, but that claim was denied because Farmers’ policy says a collapse must be “sudden” and “complete” for it to be covered.

But the couple’s home is collapsing slowly, and that’s the sticking point. “Why else do we have insurance?” Hammond said. “We hire insurance companies to protect us, to give us peace of mind. And that’s what they should do here.”

Engineers say a support beam over the garage is too small and is now weakening under the pressure of the Hammond's home.

Due to an on-the-job injury that forced her to walk away from her career in TV news, it’s extremely difficult for Hammond to leave the house. She says her home is more than a sanctuary. In fact, she refers to it as her “Fortress of Solitude.” “I want my house to be comfortable and cozy, which is why we bought it in the first place,” she said. “It’s kind of a bigger house, but it’s still a cozy, comforting place for me to be. And I want that back. I really do.”

Since On Your Side’s report, Hammond says she and her husband have heard from people across the country with words of support. While she appreciates their thoughts, she’s also thankful Farmers is taking a second look at their unusual problem. “I kind of feel like I’ve got to pray to God and and put my faith in God and know that eventually down the road it’s going to be fixed,” she said, “and hopefully it’s not going to be as bad as it looks right now. Because it does look bad.”

Plenty of questions remain here, starting with how could the house pass inspection if major support beams were installed incorrectly? We’re looking into that, and we’ll have more in a follow-up report.

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Biden creates a new national monument near the Grand Canyon

President Biden designated a new national monument near the Grand Canyon on Tuesday. The move protects lands that are sacred to indigenous peoples and permanently bans new uranium mining claims in the area. It covers nearly 1 million acres.The president gave remarks at the Historic Red Butte Airfield in Arizona before signing the proclamation and visiting the Grand Canyon."Our nation's history is etched in our people and in our lands," Biden said. "Today's action is going to protect and preserv...

President Biden designated a new national monument near the Grand Canyon on Tuesday. The move protects lands that are sacred to indigenous peoples and permanently bans new uranium mining claims in the area. It covers nearly 1 million acres.

The president gave remarks at the Historic Red Butte Airfield in Arizona before signing the proclamation and visiting the Grand Canyon.

"Our nation's history is etched in our people and in our lands," Biden said. "Today's action is going to protect and preserve that history, along with these high plateaus and deep canyons."

Tuesday's announcement is part of a trip that will include New Mexico and Utah, where Biden is making the case for how he's tackling the climate and economic challenges facing Americans in the West.

In the Grand Canyon, tribal nations and conservationists have been calling for additional protections in the area for years, as KNAU's Ryan Heinsius has reported.

A recent statewide poll showed broad support for the proposal, though local ranchers who have worked the land for generations have concerns. Senior administration officials told reporters that the national monument designation upholds private property rights; it also does not affect existing uranium mining claims.

Still, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American Cabinet secretary, called Biden's move "historic."

"It will help protect lands that many tribes referred to as their eternal home, a place of healing and a source of spiritual sustenance," she said. "It will help ensure that indigenous peoples can continue to use these areas for religious ceremonies, hunting and gathering of plants, medicines and other materials, including some found nowhere else on earth. It will protect objects of historic and scientific importance for the benefit of tribes, the public and for future generations."

Haaland called her own trip to the area in May "one of the most meaningful trips of my life."

The new national monument will be called Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument. According to the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition that drafted a proposal for the monument, "Baaj Nwaavjo" means "where tribes roam" in Havasupai, and "I'tah Kukveni" translates to "our ancestral footprints" in Hopi.

Biden has created four other national monuments during his presidency — one honors Emmett Till, and the others protect land in Nevada, Texas and Colorado.

But the politics of Biden's Western swing are broader than preservation. It is about emphasizing what the administration has already done to invest in the economy and the climate — because many Americans just don't know about it.

Asked whether this week's trip is about advertising accomplishments, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, "We're going to continue to do our jobs and continue to talk about it ... And the hope is that we'll get our message out."

She said support would continue to build for the president as the legislation is implemented around the country. "We'll see, I think, Americans start to feel and see what it is that we have been able to do in Washington, D.C."

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Strong monsoon storm rips roofs off Mesa homes; extensive damage seen in East Valley

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A storm knocked out power and left a trail of destruction for thousands in the East Valley on Wednesday night.Initially, over 43,000 SRP and APS customers in Phoenix, Glendale, the East Valley and Gold Canyon were without power, but APS and SRP crews worked around the clock restoring service. At approximately 5 a.m., just over 3,300 utility customers were without power, an overwhelming majority in the SRP service areas around Mesa. And as the morning went on, crews were able to restore service to ne...

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A storm knocked out power and left a trail of destruction for thousands in the East Valley on Wednesday night.

Initially, over 43,000 SRP and APS customers in Phoenix, Glendale, the East Valley and Gold Canyon were without power, but APS and SRP crews worked around the clock restoring service. At approximately 5 a.m., just over 3,300 utility customers were without power, an overwhelming majority in the SRP service areas around Mesa. And as the morning went on, crews were able to restore service to nearly everyone with just under 100 customers being affected just before noontime.

A dust storm came in from the southeast, hitting Queen Creek, Apache Junction and San Tan Valley. Then the rain came and hit the East Valley hard. In Mesa, first responders were especially busy with roofs torn off mobile homes and apartment buildings. Palm Harbor Estates, a community near Mesa Drive and McKellips, saw particularly harsh damage. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported, but many residents are waking up to downed power lines and uprooted trees in their neighborhoods. Arizona’s Family reporter Sarah Robinson witnessed extensive damage at an apartment complex just off the Loop 202 freeway. Even air conditioning units were seen blown by the strong winds.

For many others, the monsoon was a welcome sight after nearly a month-long heat wave that’s been hitting the Valley of the Sun. Still, temperatures are expected to bounce back quickly. Arizona’s Family First Alert weather team forecasts a high of 116 degrees on Thursday, with the National Weather Service extending an Excessive Heat Warning through Saturday.

Despite the rain, no measurable rainfall was recorded at Phoenix Sky Harbor, continuing a dry streak for the nation’s fifth-largest city. However, chances for storms are expected to climb as we enter the weekend and into early next week. “This will also likely bring our high temperatures back below 110 for the first time in almost a month by Sunday or Monday,” said First Alert Meteorologist April Warnecke.

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