Rotational wall clouds spotted over Denver; residents take shelter as hail pummels metro area

DENVER - Denver residents took shelter Thursday as rotating wall clouds were spotted over downtown and tornado sirens rang out across the metro area.

A Tornado Warning was briefly in effect for the area but has since expired. 

Officials at Denver International Airport said its employees took precautions as the alert went into effect. However, flights continue to move in and out of the area.

Frontier Airlines says its Denver call center was evacuated as a result of the warnings, but is back up and operational. 

In addition to strong winds and rain, large hail pummeled the region Thursday.

24/7 Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo said about 1 1/2 inches of rain fell in Lakewood within 30 minutes.

A total of eight tornadoes touched down during Wednesday's spate of severe weather. In addition to the tornadoes, the severe thunderstorms produced large, golf-ball sized hail, damaging winds and pockets of heavy rain.

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