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Severe hailstorm and lightning forces plane to make an emergency landing in Denver, USA

A Delta flight from Boston to Salt Lake City arrived safely in Utah early Saturday morning after a storm forced the plane to be diverted to Denver Friday night.
“I fly constantly and this was the scariest 10 minutes of my life,” said passenger Robin Jones after arriving at the Salt Lake International Airport early Saturday morning. “I thought, ‘OK. Have I told everybody that I love that I love them?’ And as soon as I realized I had done that, I was like, ‘I’m alright. Everything’s going to be OK.’”
Delta flight 1889 made an emergency landing after getting caught in lightning, rain and hail. Photos sent in by viewers showed the aircraft’s windshield was shattered and the nose of the plane was heavily damaged.
One passenger described the damage of the plane.
“We went around the corner from the window, we could see the shattered windshield,” said passenger Rob Wessman. “We could see kind of a hole over the engine where lightning had struck. We could see the nose of the plane was missing. It was really intense.”
The plane landed safely in Denver just before 9 p.m. and arrived in Salt Lake City at about 12:45 a.m.
Courtesy of fox13now.com

Severe storm brings hail and snow to Colorado, USA

“Never seen anything like it”,  Eric Risch told CBS Denver
Some people in Colorado are cleaning up after hail piled up like snow in some areas.
In western Colorado, the National Weather Service says several people reported golf-ball size hail near Pagosa Springs on Monday.
The system that brought the unusual early fall weather to Colorado is headed for the Midwest, where officials have issued warnings about severe thunderstorms across the Great Plains.
Quarter-sized hail piled up like snow in Greenwood Village while the unsettled weather led to a tornado watch for 14 counties.
Monday’s raging storm damaged more than 500 cars and shattered windows at the Hyundai dealership in Arapahoe.
“Never seen anything like it. Only thing close would be a tornado,” employee Eric Risch told CBS Denver. “Quarter-sized hail just ripping through the air.”
“Wind started coming in and all of a sudden it looked like it was snowing in September,” sales manager Ray Saccomano said. “What kind of pressure do you need to do something like this? A lot of pressure.”
Though Denver did not get much more than heavy rain, areas all around the city like Northglenn, Thornton, Aurora also saw intense hail from the storm system.
Actual snow fell in the mountains, shutting down Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.
More snow is in the forecast for parts of the mountains Tuesday.

Major storm pounds Denver area with hail, street flooding; Tornado warning in Adams, Aurora, Denver, USA

Storm Alert

A storm pounded northern parts of the Denver metro area Wednesday with hail, caused street flooding and closed Denver International Airport because of tornado warnings. At least four tornadoes were spotted in the region, but no significant damage was reported.

A new tornado warning was issued at 3:20 p.m. for parts of Arapahoe, Adams and Denver counties after a tornado was spotted in northwestern Aurora, east of Denver. That warning extends until 3:48 p.m.

The storm also snarled traffic on Interstate 70, Pena Boulevard and elsewhere as drivers contended with flooded roads. Passengers at DIA were told to evacuate their gates and take shelter, but they were allowed to begin returning to gates shortly after 3 p.m.

DIA weather

Sirens went off in Denver and Aurora as the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning until 2:53 p.m. for central Denver, western Arapahoe and western Adams counties.

A new warning was issued until 3:15 p.m. for Adams and Arapahoe counties, extending east to Bennett.

A tornado was spotted over Watkins at 2:47 p.m. Three tornadoes were reported to the weather service in Aurora. One was at 2:05 p.m. on the west side; the second was at 2:10 p.m. on the southwest side; and the third was at 2:30 p.m. on the northeast side of Aurora.

At 2:15 p.m., some rotation and a debris ball were indicated 9 miles southwest of Denver International Airport, which was shut down because of the tornado warning. All trains were stopped and all flights were on hold.

At 2:08 p.m., the NWS reported that a rain-wrapped tornado was reported on the ground near Tower and Smith roads. Earlier, there were reports of a funnel cloud in the air near University Hospital.

At 2:20 p.m., the storm was south of the airport, moving east at 15 mph.

Hail up to half-dollar sized was possible.

Earlier, officials said weather in northeastern Colorado, including Denver, could be violent Wednesday afternoon, with a chance of tornadoes, large hail, heavy rains and winds gusting to 60 mph.

A tornado watch has been issued by the National Weather Service through 8 p.m. for 11 counties in Colorado including Denver and its suburban counties.

Cities under the tornado watch include Boulder, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan, Golden, Greeley and Kiowa.

The 11 counties were Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson, Larimer, Morgan and Weld.

A hard rain fell in downtown Denver at 1:45 p.m., sending some pedestrians scrambling for cover as others broke out umbrellas.

The Highlands Ranch High School graduation at Red Rocks Amphitheater was delayed to lightning, hail and heavy rain, Douglas County Schools tweeted. The ceremony was delayed until at least 2 p.m.

Severe Colorado weather

Tuesday several areas received more than an inch of hail, including Deer Trail and other areas east of Denver.

The stormy weather was fueled, in part, by southeasterly winds, setting up a pattern “known as the Denver cyclone,” said Frank Cooper, a meteorologist with the NWS in Boulder.

Denver sits in a bowl, with mountains to the west and higher terrain to the south — the Palmer Divide — and to the north — the Cheyenne Ridge.

As the winds, with gusts up to 60 mph Wednesday afternoon, mix with bands of stormy weather, the terrain sets up an “eddy” and the Denver Cyclone goes into effect, Cooper said.

The severe weather Wednesday afternoon will likely hit hard in an extended area northeast of Denver along the South Platte River and I-76 corridor to the Nebraska border.

Severe weather in Denver

Localized flooding will be possible, the weather service warns.

“We have a good chance of some severe weather,” Cooper said. “We got it for much of the urban corridor and the eastern plains.”

Hail hits Colorado