ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The solar panels on top of Jim and Betsy Preston's home were ripped from the roof during a severe monsoon storm.
Around 8:30 on Wednesday night, Aug. 1, heavy rain and wind roared through Oro Valley, near Rancho Vistoso Boulevard and Tangerine Road. Jim and Betsy were inside as they heard the wind whipping through their yard.
"We were watching TV – Jaws, as a matter of fact. About the time the shark was coming up, we heard the wind coming up. There was all kinds of noise and this great, big, huge crunch. We came outside and the solar had blown off the roof," Jim Preston said.
Preston said they have lived there since 2006 and the solar panels were installed about nine years ago. They haven't had issues like this in previous storms.
There was severe damage to Preston's roof and front walkway. The solar panels were destroyed but there was no damage to his pickup truck parked in the driveway.
Jim and Betsy were uninjured.
First Alert Chief Meteorologist Lisa Villegas said that particular area of Oro Valley likely saw 60 mph winds at that time.
When asked how he's feeling, looking at the damage that was done, he responded with an emphatic, "crap."
"It's going to be a mess. It's going to be a hassle to get it up. We've got to check and see about getting the roof fixed, and then see about getting the whole array put back up again."
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