Hail, rain and wind causes flooding, blocks streets and knocks out power in metro Denver
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DENVER - Hail, wind and rain caused flooding, blocked roads and knocked out power in metro Denver on Monday afternoon.
As of 4:10 p.m., Xcel Energy reported a total of 59 outages with 9,683 affected customers. The majority, approximately 7,000 of the customers, were in Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and Golden.
The utility says there's nothing abnormal about having a few outages in a storm like the one that hit Monday.
7NEWS Meteorologist Mike Nelson explains that a cold front is moving southward across the state and is kicking up showers and thunderstorms along the way. This storm will move into southeastern Colorado tonight and then stall over the central Rockies for the next several days.
Cooler, but more humid air is pouring into Colorado from the north, while the moist upper level monsoon flow continues to flow into the state from the southwest. This one-two combo of moisture will bring us plenty of rain over the next 3-4 days.
The hail hit hardest in Wheat Ridge and Lakewood.
Residents on 26th Place near Quail Street in Lakewood were trapped for a short time because of hail piles approaching five-feet tall.
For hours into the evening, the city provided a front-end loader and dump trucks to shovel the hail out of the street and create a path to get through.
"It's hail, not snow," said Anna Burton, a young girl watching the front-end loader in amazement. "It's funny."
"This is unbelievable. I've never seen that much hail in one place," said Anna's dad John Burton. "The hail was hitting all the windows in the house and it sounded almost like you were in a metal building."
Neighbors, dressed in tank tops, shorts and winter boots helped clear each other's driveway and sidewalks with snow shovels. A very small and very clogged storm drain slowed the cleanup.
"This street obviously has a big dip, so everything flows right to here and it likes to just stop," said resident Tyler Wunderlich. "(We) might as well try to get as much down there as we can; off our street and on to someone else's."
Near the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center at 39th Avenue and Kipling Street, Brett Carson captured video of hail pounding the area outside of his restaurant at Large Marge's Philly Cheesesteaks.
"You couldn't see 20 yards in front of you," said Carson. "It was the loudest. It was incredible; hail that was so unbelievably loud."
The video shows low visibility, heavy rain and strong winds.
"I thought there was a tornado, (the) lightning was going crazy. It was like a movie," said Carson.
The trail that goes underneath Kipling Street right next to the recreation center was under water through the afternoon. The water reached halfway up a yield sign that normally warns users at a fork in the trail.
Viewers sent 7NEWS images of hail and water runoff flooding Wheat Ridge parking lots.
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