It wasn’t just that streets flooded. People were stranded, and water was rushing into cars, garages and buses.
The national weather service said that wicked windstorm reported near Aurora, was actually a tornado. According to their website, it “traveled 2.8 miles and had wind speeds up of 86 mph to 90 mph from 4:48 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., classifying it as an EF1 at its strongest point.”
And then there was the knee deep hail. Fox Denver meteorologist, Chris Tomer reported golf-ball sized hail near the Aurora Reservoir, as well as hail up to two inches in diameter accompanying other parts of the storm.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings, which included the Cherry Creek area. The Cherry Creek Mall itself, reported flooding, which included evacuation of some of the theatres, and a report of a woman swept down the creek. Police swept the area, and according to Fox news, “Emergency crews set up at Confluence Park, where the creek dumps into the South Platte River, hoping to catch that person downstream. However, crews packed up in that area after finding nothing shortly after 7 p.m.”
The flooding also spread to Park Hill and Martin Luther King Blvd., where several cars were almost completely submerged.
While complete damage reports have yet to come in, estimates are likely to be high.