8 tornadoes touch down in Denver metro area; light damage from hail reported

DENVER - A total of eight tornadoes touched down in the Denver metro area on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tornado reports:

  • 2:05 PM: West Aurora - Arapahoe County
  • 2:10 PM: South Aurora - Arapahoe County (Rain wrapped)
  • 2:30 PM: East Denver - Denver County
  • 2:30 PM: Northeast Aurora - Adams County
  • 2:45 PM: Watkins - Adams County
  • 4:25 PM: East Northeast Byers - Arapahoe County (On the ground for at least 5 minutes)
  • 4:25 PM: Northeast Byers - Adams County (Brief touch down)
  • 5:06 PM: South Southeast Leader - Adams County

Colorado Department of Transportation crews used snow plows to clear many area roadways after hail the size of ping pong balls rained down on area motorists. 

Denver Police say about 5 inches of hail fell in the area of 67th Avenue and Tower Road.

Heavy layers of hail were also spotted on Pena Boulevard near Denver International Airport.

Damage from hail was reported at homes in northeast Denver.

There were also reports of downed trees on houses at E. 32nd Place and Carson Street in Aurora, and at a home near Interstate 70 and I-225.

At DIA, 40 flights were diverted to Amarillo, Texas, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, creating delays of up to 5 hours for some arrivals.

Airport officials say there is some water damage inside the terminal building.

Frontier Airlines said that 13 of its flights were canceled because of hail damage to their Airbus fleet.

"The aircraft remain out of service as our maintenance team performs inspections," Frontier spokeswoman Kate O'Malley said.

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