Denver hammered by tornadoes, hail

Super cell thunderstorm spawned at least four tornadoes that touched down in Denver, as well as a large amount of hail.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   May 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

DENVER, May 21 (UPI) -- A super cell thunderstorm dropped large amounts of hail and produced several tornadoes that swept through the Denver area Wednesday, weather officials said.

The National Weather Service reported four tornado touchdowns in Watkins, East Denver and Aurora, Colo.

"This thing is spinning up multiple tornadoes," witness Jeff Piotrowski told CNN. "There were tornadoes on the outer ring of the circulation, ... and then there's the main tornado vortex closer to the storm."

The storm system also dropped significant amounts of hail all over the Denver metro area, causing streets and yards to look like they'd been pummeled with a winter storm.

The tornado warnings prompted the closure of Denver International Airport for about an hour and a half. At least 38 flights were diverted and the airport expected delays throughout the rest of the day.

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