Tornadoes and Hail Near Denver Wednesday
Severe thunderstorms developed in Colorado on Wednesday, and moved through areas along the Front Range, and through the Denver metro area. Tornadoes, hail, and flash flooding were all observed in, or near, the Denver metro area. Multiple Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings were issued as storms developed. The first reports of tornadoes were in the Denver metro, the first in East Denver, and a couple others in Aurora. Six tornadoes in all were reported in the Denver metro area, but the tornadoes were weak, so only minor damage was reported.
Hail has been another big story in Colorado over the past couple days. Golf ball sized hail was reported in the Denver metro, along with other areas. Some locations received so much hail, that it looked more like a snowstorm had occurred. Snow plows were deployed to remove hail off the streets.
While tornadoes and hail created a serious situation in Denver, heavy rainfall produced flash flooding in parts of Colorado. Highway 85 was closed in both directions through Commerce City due to flash flooding, and there were several power outages at intersections along Hwy. 85. The basement of the city hall in Commerce City was flooded as well.
More severe weather is possible again today, along the Front Range in Colorado, but the threat for tornadoes is very low. Large hail and damaging wind gusts could occur.