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.
- 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
7NEWS crews at the scene in Denver say early damage reports at Tower and Smith roads are minimal.
Denver Police say about 5 inches of hail fell in the area of 67th Avenue and Tower Road.
Heavy layers of hail were also spotted on Pena Boulevard near Denver International Airport.
Damage from hail was reported at homes in northeast Denver.
There were also reports of downed trees on houses at E. 32nd Place and Carson Street in Aurora, and at a home near Interstate 70 and I-225.
Tree on house around I-70 and I-225. Minimal damage, but shows what can happen with high winds and soft ground. pic.twitter.com/HDxkNhn7y4— Chris Morriss (@Chris7NEWS) May 21, 2014
At DIA, 40 flights were diverted to Amarillo, Texas; Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, creating delays of up to 5 hours for some arrivals.
Airport officials say there is some water damage inside the terminal building.
Frontier Airlines said that 13 of its flights were canceled because of hail damage to their Airbus fleet.
"The aircraft remain out of service as our maintenance team performs inspections," Frontier spokeswoman Kate O'Malley said.
Besides the threat of tornadoes and hail, there's damaging winds and pockets of heavy rain in some areas.
Severe thunderstorm watches by county until 12 a.m.:
Cheyenne; Kit Carson; Lincoln; Washington; Yuma
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