Storms unleash tornados, hail across Front Range, E. Colorado |

Storms unleash tornados, hail across Front Range, E. Colorado

(Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)Parts of the metro area were pounded Wednesday afternoon, including the area near 104th and Chambers

DENVER (AP) – Thunderstorms swept along the Front Range and eastern Colorado plains on Wednesday, producing golf-ball size hail, several reports of tornadoes and strong winds that demolished a barn.

Hail pounded parts of the northeast Denver area, breaking car windshields, Adams County Sheriff’s Sgt. Candi Baker said. Several accidents were reported but Baker said she didn’t know the extent of the injuries.

In southern Colorado, golf-ball size hail struck Pueblo, while Larimer County in northern Colorado got pea-size pellets.

About 60 miles north of Denver, a barn in Windsor was demolished by the wind, fire department Brenda Stroman said. Residents reported a tornado hit the ground, but fire officials didn’t see it, Stroman said.

An earlier report of damage to a train in the Fort Lupton area was inaccurate, Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez said.

A tornado was sighted in Greeley, but police Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said there were no immediate reports of damage.

Denver International Airport experienced 30- to 60-minute delays Wednesday afternoon because severe weather limited use of its six runways. Airport spokeswoman Laura Jackson said planes were taking off on two runways and arriving on just one.

No tornadoes touched down on airport property, she said.

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