NAMPA — A series of severe thunderstorms ravaged the Treasure Valley Thursday, delivering golf ball-sized hail to Meridian, mudslides that led to the closure of Highway 55 and 1 1/2 inches of rain to Nampa in just 30 minutes.

Winds neared 50 to 60 mph, KBOI-TV2 meteorologist Vin Crosby told the Press-Tribune, in the biggest outbreak of storms Crosby has seen since the late 1990s.

Heavy rain washed out Map Rock Road west of Highway 45 south of Nampa, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office reported.

In town, Nampa residents formed a bucket brigade on the 1000 block of 8th Avenue South.

“I’ve got some beautiful neighbors, it’s like the lord sent them right on cue,” resident Kent Grimmett said.

An Idaho Power representative said crews were spread thin tackling weather-caused outages in Nampa, Caldwell, Boise, Marsing, Star, Eagle, and Idaho City. At 9 p.m., hundreds of residents remained without power.  

Luckily, Crosby said, the rest of the week should be calmer. Temperatures are predicted in the low 80s throughout the weekend with occasional clouds and mild winds.


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