Photos: Storms spawn tornadoes, damaging hail in Colorado, Kansas
By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
June 20, 2018, 8:42:11 AM EDT
Another round of severe thunderstorms rumbled across the central United States on Tuesday, bringing destructive hail, tornadoes and flooding rain.
The first storms of the day fired in the early afternoon just east of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and were followed up by more widespread storms over western Kansas and southern Nebraska.
Large hail was common in storms across the region, with some of the largest hail falling just south of downtown Denver. People in this area reported hailstones as large as baseballs, resulting in isolated vehicle damage.
One of the strongest storms of the day spawned a corkscrew-shaped tornado near Keenesburg, Colorado, located northeast of Denver.
This twister tracked just south of Keenesburg and was on the ground for nearly 20 minutes with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer intercepted this tornado, following it the entire time that it was on the ground.
Tornadoes were also reported on Tuesday afternoon near Limon, Colorado, and north of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Training thunderstorms dumped over 5.5 inches of rain in Scott City, Kansas, in under four hours, according to emergency managers. This is nearly double the amount of rainfall that the town typically sees in all of June.
Roads quickly flooded in the blinding rain with vehicles stalling out on the flooded roads.
The risk of severe weather is expected to decrease during the second half of the week, with isolated storms from Missouri into northern Texas.
Wild, corkscrewing #tornado near Keenesburg, Colorado today! Photo taken at 2:20pm, tornado touched down at 2:15 and lifted at 2:22pm per photo time stamps. Did not see any structures hit (from our view). @NWSBoulder #COwx pic.twitter.com/Z8RX9Hi2PO— Michael Charnick (@charnick_wx) June 19, 2018
Magic in CO pic.twitter.com/eDfjlP8jre— David Williams (@davidduncanw) June 19, 2018
Tennis ball-sized hail hits Arapahoe County Sheriff's office vehicle. Pulled off Riviera way just east of Piccadilly. No injuries. Car is pretty dinged up. At least five places where hail cracked the windshield. Luckily no injuries. pic.twitter.com/G7OHYn5CO8— April Schildmeyer (@Aschildmeyer) June 19, 2018
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