Denver-area storms down trees, damage homes

KUSA - Large hail, heavy rain and at least six confirmed tornadoes affected many and caused some damage in the Denver metro area. So far, there have been no reports of serious damage or injuries from the storms.

The storms dropped heavy rain and hail around the Denver area. They knocked down trees and caused minor street flooding. Tornado sirens went off in Denver and surrounding communities.

Several homes in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood in northeast Denver were pockmarked by hail. Pea to quarter-sized holes were seen on many of the homes' vinyl siding.

Elitch Gardens shut down rides and had guests seek shelter. The park later reopened. Shoppers at Cherry Creek Mall were also sheltered during the storm.

Denver International Airport has been cleared to resume operations after severe thunderstorms and a tornado warning grounded flights.

Flight delays of about an hour are expected Wednesday afternoon. Some flights were diverted to Colorado Springs and other airports during the grounding, and airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says more diversions are expected even after flights resume.

Denver Police reported very slow traffic around the metro area.


Street flooding was reported in some neighborhoods in the Denver metro area. Minor flooding was also reported in some street underpasses.


The storms dropped pea- and marble-sized hail that piled up like snow around the airport. Cars slid on the hail on Interstate 70 in Aurora, and snow plows cleared the hail from the main airport access road.

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There were at least six confirmed tornado touch downs in the Denver metro area. So far, there are no confirmed reports of damage or injuries.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


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