EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – Hail the size of tennis balls caused a lot of damage to communities south of Colorado Springs early Wednesday morning.
That hail storm caused a lot of damage. According to the National Weather Service, it was the strongest overnight hail storm in El Paso County in more than 20 years.
The NWS says that the county has not seen hail measuring more than two inches since 1995.
The storm’s impact was mostly in Fountain with hail measuring as large as three inches. Hail broke glass at several homes and shattered car windows.
“We’ve got damage to the siding,” said homeowner Valorie Munoz. “There’s big holes all over here, all throughout the sides. We’ve got broken windows we’ve got this broken one here.”
The severe thunderstorms moved from west to east across El Paso County between 12:30 and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The storms produced frequent lightning, heavy rain, and a lot of damaging hail.
“It was just so loud we couldn’t even hear each other talk,” Munoz continued. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
A 30-year-old man died last night after crashing his motorcycle at the roundabout on Shiloh and Central.
Columbus Fire and Rescue were paged to Reed Point at 5:14 a.m. this morning in response to a report of someone jumping off the Yellowstone Bridge and into the river.
Authorities in Arizona are investigating a possible hit-and-run incident involving a border patrol vehicle.
A severe thunderstorm was located near Joliet, or 19 miles southeast of Columbus, moving southeast at 20 mph with quarter size hail.