Tornadoes have long been a worry for residents of Denver, and with many examples of damaging vortex storms, they have good reason. Because the Denver-Aurora Metro area is located between the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the western edge of the High Plains, winds from both directions clash over the city and often form dangerous cyclonic vortexes. If you experience building damage from storms this spring and summer, you can rely on ServiceMaster DSI for comprehensive disaster restoration in Denver, CO.
Most vortexes form in the Denver area when a moist air mass flows northwest from the Plains and meets the Palmer Divide ridge, east of the Colorado Front Range. The ridge pushes the air mass up to meet the winds flowing from the Rockies. The two air masses combine to form conditions that mark the Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone (DCVZ). The DCVZ spreads approximately 50-100 km north to south and has sparked several devastating tornadoes in the Metro Denver area.
In June of 1981, one of the most destructive tornadic storms in Denver’s history made its way over the city. Multiple tornadoes formed, including a funnel that spread 2 miles across Thornton with wind speeds up to 157 mph. The funnel completely destroyed 87 homes and damaged 600 homes in all. Other buildings affected included shopping centers, restaurants, and commercial buildings.
In downtown Denver alone, winds outside of the funnels left more than $20,000 in damages. The multiple funnels produced from the tornadic storm also dropped severe hail over the city, leaving even more damage on the unprotected buildings. Additionally, the storm complex produced heavy rains that flooded large areas of the city.
The damage left after the storm passed was ruinous, and warranted immediate action for water damage, hail and debris damage, wind damage, and some fire damage from electrical failures.
Though the tornadoes of ’81 were examples of the extreme, milder tornadic storms can easily build when DCVZ conditions rise. From severe thunderstorms to powerful funnels, Denver can experience a range of DCVZ dangers. Don’t hesitate to call the ServiceMaster DSI hotline at 1.800.954.9444 for emergency disaster restoration in Denver, CO after a storm hits.