It's not a guarantee, but El Niño-produced rainfall would relieve parched conditions in many parts of the drought-stricken Southwest.
Tornadoes were reported by several spotters, as well as hail up to the size of baseballs.
Wildfire threats in Colorado and across the Southwest have been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but national fire and climatology experts said Wednesday the region is still grappling with the long-term effects of drought.
One woman died when a suburban Denver basement apartment flooded during the severe rain.
With wildfires raging and cities facing record highs, everyone could use a bit (or a lot) of rain. The Channel 7 meteorologist says monsoons are on the way.
"Once it is wet, it tends to stay wet," says David Barjenbruch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.