Baseball-sized hail fell in southern Colorado about 3 p.m. Monday. Areas of southern Colorado Springs, Security, Widefield, Fountain and Fort Carson were just slammed by HUGE hail stones, resulting in major power outages. The powerful storm pummeled the Cheyenne Mountain zoo with large hail which injured 14 people and killed at least three animals – two vultures and a duck. Classes have been cancelled for Tuesday (the first day of school in Hanover District 28.
Baseball-sized hail fell in southern Colorado about 3 p.m. Monday. A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH is in effect for the entire area until 9 pm. A Flash Flood WATCH is in effect for burn scar areas until midnight.
The colorado Springs Fire Department says five people at the zoo were taken to the hospital for injuries from the hail and two vultures and a duck were killed by the hail. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo evacuated people from the zoo and they were transported by bus to Cheyenne Mountain High School. The zoo will be closed Tuesday.
There are widespread reports of damage to soldiers’ vehicles at Fort Carson as the hail fell.
As a result of the major hail event, Hanover District 28 has cancelled classes for Tuesday. It was supposed to be the first day of school for the 2018-2019 year. An assessment of damage to the campus and facilities has not been made available.
Also there is a major power outage on the east side of I-25 from Dublin Boulevard to Research Parkway.
The severe weather moved through southern Colorado where a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect. Storm pelted areas from Manitou Springs, the Broadmoor, down into Security and Widefield with quarter to baseball size hail. The storm also produced enough flooding rains to strand cars near the Broadmoor.