Tornadoes, flash floods, lightning strikes and downpours were all present in the band of storms that moved across the Denver Metro Area and points south and east yesterday afternoon and evening. When storms are slow moving, as they were yesterday, precipitation totals can be impressive while overwhelming stormwater facilities. Click on the thumbnail graphics for a screen shot of the 24 hour map from the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and the hydrograph from the South Platte River at Denver stream gage from the Colorado Division of Water Resources website. The hydrograph is the very picture of a flash flood.
From The Pueblo Chieftain (Nick Bonham):
Colorado Springs was pounded with hail, some as large as 1 1/2-inches in diameter, and rain that caused streets to flood and trapped motorists in standing water that, in some cases, came up to car windows, the National Weather Service said…Parts of Las Animas County received an inch of rain and hail nearly an inch in diameter with wind gusts as high as 60 mph, the NWS said.
From The Denver Post:
National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina said a small tornado was spotted just north of Denver International Airport about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The agency received a report of another tornado in the northeastern Colorado community of Grover about 6:40 p.m. that ripped out a small tree and threw it about 20 feet.
Severe-weather meteorologist Reed Timmer, who starred on the reality-TV show “Storm Chasers,” was in the Parker area in his vehicle, called the Dominator. He reported on his Facebook page about 8:20 p.m. that he was encountering hail accumulations of more than 6 inches…Flooding crippled the east side of Colorado Springs, leaving drivers stranded in deep water, The Gazette said.
From 9News.com (Becky Ditchfield/Blair Shiff/Kathy Sabine):
The National Weather Service confirmed six tornadoes touched down in Colorado Wednesday evening. The first tornado was just after 5 p.m. and was spotted off Pena Boulevard near Denver International Airport. There were no reports of damage or injuries in connection with that storm. The second tornado was around 6:30 p.m. in Weld County. The National Weather Service says that tornado ripped out a tree. At 7:30 p.m., a tornado was spotted in Kiowa. Just 10 minutes later, another tornado touched down about 14 miles northeast of Elizabeth. Just a few moments later, two tornadoes touched down 14 miles south of Bennet. No injuries or damage are reported in association with the four later tornadoes.
Jeffrey Falkenstein and his wife Jennifer were faced with bailing water out of their home at the Sierra Pointe Condominiums on Parkmoor Village Drive near Palmer Park. Jeff said a rush of water and hail came through his front window and flooded his living room. Other rooms in the home received similar water damage.