Vigorous thunderstorms came to Denver area Friday night, quickly flooding the streets and tearing down trees all over the area. The city was hit by heavy rain and extremely harsh winds beginning sometime Friday afternoon in the East and South parts of Denver, Colorado, leading to power outages and people reportedly needing rescue from their cars.
Denver police strongly advised against travel on twitter, as the roads became more and more flooded throughout the night. There were many patches of power outages in the city due to the severe winds and various falling branches. Authorities reported traffic lights being out at busy intersections in places like Leetsdale and Alameda, as well as several fallen trees causing more than 4,700 residents to lose power in the area near East 7th Street and Monaco Parkway, according to Xcel Energy.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for most of Eastern Colorado early on, but it expired once the twisters left the area without causing any destruction. A large tornado was said to have touched down in Elbert County initially, but later lifted without any damages being reported. Though the storm has mostly passed, there are still some without power and severe weather is reportedly possible again on Saturday. The constant wetness may also lead to landslides in the West Salt Creek area in Mesa County through Monday afternoon.
Fortunately there haven’t been any injuries reported yet, but householders in the area are a bit disappointed that their outdoor weekend plans were ruined. Police have noted that residents shouldn’t try and swim in the waters in the streets, especially if you cannot see the bottom, so don’t think you can improvise for the beach weekend you planned if you live in the area!