Storms bring hail, flooding to Front Range

9:19 PM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A number of severe storms Thursday caused heavy rain, damaging winds, large hail and flooding along the urban corridor.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received reports of people in their cars surrounded by feet of water. Enough hail came down that some cars got stuck in the area.

Rain and hail pounded parts of Littleton, flooding the area with nearly 4 feet of water in some places and leaving behind 6 inches of hail on Chatfield Avenue.

Bryndon Jackson was on his way home from work. He says his car got swept away by flood waters and then buried in hail.

"I was talking to my mom's and all of a sudden my car just started getting washed away by water, flying up over the hood coming up to my windshield. It was scary," Jackson said.

Hail to 1 inch in diameter was reported in Castle Rock. Two to 3 inches of rain fell in central Douglas County.

Flood warnings were issued for parts of northeast El Paso County. The National Weather Service says trained spotters have reported about 2.8 inches of rain in Teller and El Paso counties from the storm.

U.S. 24 between Cave of the Winds and Cascade was closed due to a flash flood warning. The stretch is below an area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year.

KVOR-AM in Colorado Springs reports blinding rain led to several traffic accidents and delays, high water in intersections and some road closures. Colorado Springs firefighters were helping drivers who said their vehicles were stuck in flood water.

A video posted on Facebook by Wyndi Moore Roberts shows cars parked in driveways being swept away by flood waters near Colorado Springs.

Skies overnight will turn partly cloudy with areas of patchy fog on the Eastern Plains.

Drier air will be in place by Friday with the best chance of rain staying in the high country and only a 10 percent chance of rain for the metro area.

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

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