8 tornadoes touch down in Denver area

By: KMGH / Associated Press
By: KMGH / Associated Press
A total of eight tornado touch downs were confirmed in the Denver metro area on Wednesday, prompting warning sirens to be heard throughout the region.

Credit: KMGH

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DENVER -- A total of eight tornado touch downs were confirmed in the Denver metro area on Wednesday, prompting warning sirens to be heard throughout the region.

The ABC affiliate in Denver reports damage from strong winds and hail. There were no immediate reports of damage caused by Wednesday's tornadoes.

Thirty-eight flights were diverted due the storms. Airport officials say there is some water damage inside the terminal building.

Tornado reports:

2:05 PM: West Aurora - Arapahoe County
2:10 PM: South Aurora - Arapahoe County (Rain wrapped)
2:30 PM: East Denver - Denver County
2:30 PM: Northeast Aurora - Adams County
2:45 PM: Watkins - Adams County
4:25 PM: East Northeast Byers - Arapahoe County (On the ground for at least 5 minutes)
4:25 PM: Northeast Byers - Adams County (Brief touch down)
5:06 PM: South Southeast Leader - Adams County


Previous story from The Associated Press:

Flights at Denver International Airport are grounded because of severe thunderstorms that have produced at least one confirmed tornado.

Some arriving flights are likely to diverted to Colorado Springs because of Wednesday's storms. Part of the airport's grounds are included in a tornado warning for the Denver area, but the airport's terminal is not.

Some rotating clouds have been spotted outside of Denver. The National Weather Service reports one tornado has touched down east of the airport in Watkins.

A tornado watch is in effect until 8 p.m. for Denver and 10 surrounding counties, as well as Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties in southeastern Wyoming.

The storms have already dropped heavy rain and hail around the Denver area. Tornado sirens have gone off in Denver and surrounding communities.


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