Roads closed, flooding reported, hail possible as heavy storms roll through Colorado


Parts of Colorado are being battered with storms Monday afternoon, resulting in flash flood warnings and road closures.

Several towns south of Denver might also be subject to potential hail. The forecast for the Mile High City itself includes thunderstorms into the evening, with a chance of showers tomorrow.

3:18 p.m.: Exceptionally heavy rain and storms are reported in Douglas County, with travelers advised to avoid flooded roads. Rainfall rates are between one and two inches in a span of 15 minutes.

3:15 p.m.: A flash flood warning is in effect for Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Louviers until 6:15 p.m., according to a tweet by the National Weather Service.

3:08 p.m.: Residents of Elizabeth, Kiowa and Elbert are advised to seek shelter until 3:45 p.m. by the National Weather Service as nickel-sized hail is a possibility.

2:46 p.m.: The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office issued an emergency message about the closure of Highway 34 from County Road 29 in the Loveland area to Mall Road in Estes Park, due to storms causing flooding conditions.

2:27 p.m.: Dangerous flooding is happening in the Streamside area, according to an emergency message by the Estes Park Emergency Communications Center. It advises to immediately reach higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.

The National Weather Service reports rainfall rates of 2.5 inches per hour in Drake. A flash flood warning is in effect through 5:30 p.m., including Highway 34 between Estes Park and Loveland.

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