Heavy rain and hail, some golf ball-sized, combined to make it look like Christmas in August in Colorado.
Accumulations of up to two feet of hail in the Denver area Thursday evening left at least one car trapped and closed local streets until the county could get a snowplow out to the scene.
"The water just takes my car rushing up over the hood, and was like, 'Mom, I gotta go,'" Bryndon Jackson, whose car was totaled after filling with water and hail, told ABC affiliate KMGH.
"I was forced to open the door and all the water came rushing in and I knew I had to get out of there quick," he said.
Four inches of rain feel in just over an hour, racing through neighborhoods and forcing the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning until 1 a.m.
In Colorado Springs, the fast-moving rain resulted in one car nearly being swallowed as its driver lost sight of the highway while trying to navigate through the storm.
"This is really bad. We've got to go through but...I don't know if I want to test my luck," the driver can be heard saying in a video posted on YouTube. "Take it easy. I can't see. I can't see."
The Denver area will have a chance to recover today with only a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms forecast by the National Weather Service.
The West will be impacted, however, in the coming days by moisture from Tropical Storm Ivo now making its way through the Pacific.
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