Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thunderstorms Pummel Grand Valley

B Road, Orchard Mesa. --Matt Kroschel photo

By Matt Kroschel

A storm slams the Grand Valley, letting loose a lightning strike in an Orchard Mesa Neighborhood.

It happened this afternoon around 3-30 in the 27-hundred block of B Road over in Orchard Mesa.
According to witnesses a huge bolt struck a tree knocking out power to a few homes in the area. The house sits one block away from the Mesa County Fairgrounds and with hundreds of people at the event it was a mad dash to find cover from the storm.

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Officials at the fairgrounds had to shutdown the fair area for about a half hour as the storm rolled through.
They say the wet weather might actually prove beneficial because it will settle the dust in the area.

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