Severe storms pummel Denver metro with hail; system still moving eastward

DENVER - Severe thunderstorms pummeled the Denver metro area with rain, hail and high winds Thursday.

The 24/7 Weather Team said the strongest storm started near Denver County and made its way towards Lincoln County.

The Elbert County Sheriff's Office confirmed with 7NEWS that a small microburst hit the area of County Road 5 near CR-98/96. The system knocked down a few trees and ripped off the side of a hay barn.

No other damage or injuries were report.

Large amounts of hail fell in the Evergreen area, leading to tough driving conditions on local roadways.

Golf ball sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts have also been reported in Elbert County, NWS said.

Severe Thunderstorm Watches are active for these areas:

Adams; Arapahoe; Baca; Bent; Cheyenne; Crowley; Douglas; El Paso; Elbert; Huerfano; Kiowa; Kit Carson; Las Animas; Lincoln; Logan; Morgan; Otero; Phillips; Prowers; Pueblo; Sedgwick; Teller; Washington; Weld; Yuma

The unsettled weather is expected to last the next few days, with a threat of severe weather from the Interstate 25 corridor east.  Expect large hail, damaging winds and the possibility of some tornadoes. 

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