DENVER – Monday will be a First Alert Action Day , as severe thunderstorms expected to develop Monday afternoon could bring strong winds and damaging hail to much of northeast Colorado.
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The National Weather Service says that some storms have the potential to bring hail up to two inches in diameter and winds of up to 70 miles an hour—especially east of I-25. There is also the potential for tornadoes—particularly across the eastern plains.
The metro area and other parts of northeast Colorado will see isolated rain and thunderstorms, with some high wind gusts, lightning and small hail possible, according to the NWS. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for the Denver area and most of the Front Range.
There are flash flood watches in effect for El Paso County and other parts of central and southern Colorado until midnight. The storms are expected to move out of the area to the southeast by midnight.
There are also severe thunderstorm watches for some of the metro area and southeast Colorado in effect through 9 p.m.
CSFD wants all people at the #cheyennemountainzoo to stay where they are at zoo. We are making plans for transportation and reunification location for friends and family. #stayundershter 8 people transported so far due to trauma from hail.
— CSFD PIO (@CSFDPIO) August 6, 2018
Hail that moved through Colorado Springs Monday afternoon injured at least eight people who had to be transported to hospitals, police said. There was also flooding and other hail damage in the area, as large hail was reported in some areas.
Highs in the metro area will be in the upper 70s, with another chance of rain Tuesday and temperatures in the 80s.