Photos: Multiple people hospitalized after softball-sized hail hits Colorado Springs, Colorado

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
August 07, 2018, 11:19:48 AM EDT


A severe thunderstorm tracked over Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Monday afternoon, dropping hail across the city that covered roads and lawns.

Four-teen people at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo were injured and five were hospitalized with injuries sustained from hail, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Reports say that medical personnel set up a triage at the entrance to the zoo due to the amount of people injured from the hail.


The zoo announced on its Facebook page that two animals died after suffering trauma during the storm.

"One animal was Daisy, a 4-year-old muscovy duck. The other animal was 13-year-old cape vulture, Motswari," the zoo wrote.

Nearly 400 cars in the zoo's parking lot were severely damaged.

Some of the largest hail fell on the southern side of Colorado Springs with hailstones measuring nearly as large as softballs.

The massive hail resulted in property damage, including damage to buildings and vehicles.

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Highway 24 near Manitou Springs was closed due to debris and flooding in the roadway. A flash flood warning was also issued for southern Colorado Springs and El Paso County.

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A hailstone that fell on the southern side of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Monday afternoon being held next to a softball. (Photo/@Junger1975)

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Hail as large as baseballs fell near Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Monday afternoon. (Photo/@nicolascribbles)

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