This Is What It Looks Like When 100 MPH Winds Rip Through Colorado
On Saturday, Colorado had a historic 'derecho' weather event, which sent high winds and severe thunderstorms tearing across the Front Range and Eastern Plains of Colorado, though the higher elevations weren't excluded.
According to the National Weather Service, during Saturday's storm, wind gusts up to 80 MPH were common (yes, that is hurricane force), and 'the highest gust observed was 110 mph, at the Winter Park Ski area, around 12000 feet.' (Has anyone checked on the chairlifts?)
At DIA, winds were clocked at 75 MPH, and in Downtown Denver, the winds on Saturday toppled a billboard.
But, that wasn't the last of it. Overnight on Monday, while the high country got few inches of fresh June snow, the northeastern plains of Colorado were hit again, with wind speeds up to 102 MPH in Akron.
Colorado Emergency Management is addressing the damage in the town, which basically has post-tornado destruction.
The wind blew branches through roofs and uprooted large trees.
Like, really large trees.
Via 9NEWS - See more here