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Tornado touches down near Denver International Airport

8:43 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - The terminal at Denver International Airport was empty Tuesday after a tornado touched down just east of the airport around 2 p.m. There were no reports of injuries or damages.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning just after 2 p.m. for southern Adams and northwestern Arapahoe counties.

Passengers at the DIA were evacuated into designated tornado shelters. The airport's normally busy concourse was completely empty during the warning period.

As the storm passed, police briefly blocked traffic from Interstate 70 to Pena Boulevard. Dark clouds blanketed parts of the horizon over the plains to the east.

The tornado warning was lifted and downgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning after the tornado warning expired at 2:45 p.m.

Several pictures from 9NEWS viewers show funnel clouds forming near DIA. Video shows what appeared to be a rain-wrapped tornado near the tarmac.  

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Other locations impacted by the weather include northeast Colorado.

A tornado warning was issued for south central Weld County until 3:45 p.m.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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