Aurora Tornado Cleanup Begins

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The majority of an Aurora mall will continue to be closed during cleanup efforts after a tornado damaged roofs, overturned benches, and injured a man nearby who was taking photos of the storm.

Southlands Shopping Center spokeswoman Joyce Rocha-Brown says most of the property will remain closed Monday as damage continues to be assessed. She says some stores may be opening tomorrow but that customers should call individual stores or restaurants to verify their status.

Firefighters say a man was hospitalized with serious injuries he suffered while taking photographs outside the mall. Officials also reported gas leaks at the shopping center..

The tornado was one of five across the state. The others were east of Boulder near Lafayette, and east of Denver in Bennett, Deer Trail and Byers.

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