Storm dumps 1.48 inches in Prescott; Ruger roof collapses
Water runs unchecked in Miller Creek near Dougherty Street in Prescott Wednesday.
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.
Black Blade: Hope they are back up in production soon. Might be a good time to look for some RGR shares on the dips.