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Rain, hail swamps Denver area

The Associated Press

DENVER ” A violent storm packing heavy rain and gusty winds roared through Denver during the evening rush hour Friday, swamping roads and prompting tornado warnings that sent workers and residents scrambling for cover.

At the federal courthouse in downtown Denver, county officials hustled reporters out of the clerk’s office to get away from windows as the wind howled and lightning lit up the sky along the eastern edge of the Rockies.

“I was working away with my earphones on. If someone wouldn’t have tapped me on the shoulder, I would have worked right through it,” said Patricia Pirner, a clerk for the U.S. District Court. “We were told we needed to go to the basement.”

Reporters, players and other employees of the Colorado Rockies were forced to the lowest level of Coors Field as tornado sirens sounded nearby. The Rockies were scheduled to play Cincinnati later Friday.

Traffic stacked up for miles along area highways and intersections across the city were swamped with water that climbed over the hood in some places. Standing water was reported from Fort Collins to southern Colorado, Colorado Department of Transportation public information specialist Paul Peterson said.

“If you can’t see the bottom, the general rule is just park it. You’re not going to be going anywhere,” Peterson said.

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