Severe weather tears through the Grand Valley

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Monday's weather was just plain nasty and dangerous. High winds tossed around debris, while lightning hit hard and rain poured down.

40 mph winds tearing up Grand Junction property, lighting sparking fires and rain flooding streets. Definitely not your typical Grand Valley weather.

"Oh the wind was crazy. It was just like a down burst," says Mark McDonald, Grand Junction resident.

McDonald says the weather was so severe, his dog was scared out of his mind.

"He was really scared and he got in my lap and was like dad save me, save me," says McDonald.

And rightfully so when McDonald saw the damage the storm left behind.

"Everything outside is pretty much crushed," says McDonald.

McDonald isn't the only one dealing with debris. Joel Simpson's yard is also a mess.

"Tree limbs over there and tree limbs over there," says Simpson, a Grand Junction resident.

Simpson says scrap wood traveled 50 ft in the air, landing in his neighbors yard.

But high winds weren't the only concern Monday.

"Since yesterday, we've had a least 12 year fire starts," says Matt McGrath with the Bureau of Land Management.

All sparked by lightning.

"From Douglas Pass all the way over to the Bookcliffs," says McGrath.
In addition to high wind and dangerous thunder, a hail storm hit Clifton.

"We has some hail up to about 1 1/2 inch diameter that was measured by some of our spotters," says Jim Pringle, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Puddles of water measured pretty high Monday too. Storm sewers couldn't keep up with the torrential downpour creating little rivers around town. City crews were kept busy running around, removing debris so water could drain.

Officials say it's important to get inside and stay away from windows when we're under a sever thunderstorm warning like we had on Monday. Also remember to take it slow when driving through flooded roads.

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