Denver and other parts of Colorado are digging out after a bout of extreme weather, including reports of fierce tornadoes, torrential rain, and giant hail. Kansas and Missouri were also affected with flooding.
The Denver Post reports that Northern Boulder County was hit with at least two tornadoes, with three homes destroyed and 12 other structures damaged in Berthoud, Larimer County. There have been no reports of injuries so far. One of the twisters was captured on film near Silma, Colorado.
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The Red Cross reportedly opened a shelter last night to help. Assessors are continuing to check structures that have been reported weather-damaged, but the work is slow-going.
The region also faced seven inches of rain, causing flooding and hindering clean-up efforts.
Hail was also a serious problem in Denver, with whole streets covered with baseball-sized hail that looked like snow from a distance.
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The Christian Science Monitor reports that Colorado is no stranger to hail, with the northeastern part of the state sometimes called “hail alley” and receiving more hail than any other part of the U.S.
Nevertheless, the reported accounts on Yahoo News illustrate how dangerous the weather phenomenon can be, especially when combined with tornadoes.
Northern Boulder Country resident Scott Oliver went out to move his car to prevent hail damage, when he saw a tornado touch down.
“It was probably on the ground two minutes. It was just kicking up everything. It was terrible… When the roof blew by, we knew it was serious.”
He went on to say that one of his neighbors had to dive underneath a tractor and then into a ditch to avoid the dangerous weather.
Lena Denesha told the Denver Post about returning to her home Thursday night, seeing the weather had taken away the second story of her home.
“I just laughed. I think I was just really shocked. I was just kind of numb.”
Now, residents are bracing for the potential of more storms in the near future.
National Weather Service meteorologist Cari Bowen said people should remain cautious.
“A lot of the ingredients we have [Friday] are similar to yesterday. We want people to be prepared.”
Aside from Denver and Colorado, the extreme weather also hit areas of Missouri and Kansas, causing flooding.
[Image Credit: National Severe Storms Laboratory]